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M77 - A Spiral Galaxy

This image was taken with modified Canon 1000XS camera and the Hyperstar 3 lens system on a Nexstar 11 GPS. The image was captured on October 8, 2012 from the bright night skies of Tempe, AZ. Messier 77 is also known as NGC 1068.


M77 is the face-on spiral galaxy on the center left portion of this image. M77 lies about 47 million light years away. The edge-on spiral galaxy on the right side of the image is NGC 1055, about 52 million light years distant.


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