NGC 908

Photographer
Jon Greif
Email
greif.jon@gmail.com
Location of photo
Mayhill, NM, USA, taken remotely from La Jolla, CA, using itelescope.net.
Date/Time of photo
26 October 2016 at 0100 local time
Equipment
Planewave CDK 435 mm reflecting telescope and imaging platform.
Description
NGC 208 is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Cetus, at a distance of 60 million light years away from Earth. NGC 908, a starburst galaxy, has vigorous star formation. The galaxy has a three-arm spiral pattern, with two arms displaying peculiar morphology. The central bulge of the galaxy is bright. Clusters of young stars and star forming knots can be seen in the arms. Starburst activity and the peculiar morphology of the galaxy indicate that it had a close encounter with another galaxy, although none is visible now. NGC 908 was discovered in 1786 by William Herschel.
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