NGC 3628 – Hamburger Galaxy and its Tidal Tail

Andy Chatman
Location of photo
Dark Sky Observatory - Fort Davis, TX, USA
Date/Time of photo
April - May 2018
Planewave CDK 17 f/6.8, FLI PL16803, Astrophysics 1100GTO, Astrodon filters
NGC 3628, named the Hamburger Galaxy, is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Leo, approximately 35 million light years from Earth. Along with Messier galaxies M 65 and M 66, it forms the Leo Triplet, a small galaxy group. It derives its name from its appearance, with a puffy bulging galactic disk obscured by dark dust lanes. The galaxy's tidal tail (upper left) resulting from interaction with another galaxy may be up to 300,000 light years long. More than 23 hours of data was collected at the Dark Sky Observatory Collaborative (DSOC) in Ft. Davis, TX using SC Observatory's remote Planewave CDK 17" f/6.8 scope, in collaboration with: John Kasianowicz, Josh Balsam, Mike Selby, Dhaval Brahmbhatt, Scott Johnson, Mike Bushell, Rich Johnson Image processing: Andy Chatman and Mike Selby
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