Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Galaxy and the Cluster

Our chance placement in the cosmos makes it seem like the star cluster, NGC 6939, is right next to the nearby spiral galaxy, NGC 6946. The galaxy is in actuality, much further away. It does make a pretty picture though. I shot this using my Canon 300D and my Meade SN-10 telescope. It is made of a stack of 6 three-minute images at 1600 ISO. The spiral galaxy is also known as the Fireworks Galaxy, and a large number (8) of Supernova explosions have been recorded within it.

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