NGC 7331, NGC 7335 and NGC 7337: The Deer Lick Galaxy Group

Location of photo
General Nathan Twinning Observatory in Belen, New Mexico
Date/Time of photo
C 11-Edge + f/7 focal reducer, SBIG ST4000XCM, Losmandy G11
The brightest galaxy in this group, NGC 7331, is a spiral--thought to be very similar to the Milky Way--approximately 40 million light years away in the direction of the constellation Pegasus. Interestingly, the central bulge of NGC 7331 is thought to rotate in the direction opposite that of the rest of the galaxy. The mechanism by which this counter rotation was established is currently unknown. In addition to the two bright, and much more distant, galaxies NGC 7335 and NGC 7337, a number of other, more distant galaxies can be found in this image.