Constellation: Ursa Major
Right Ascension: 10h 01m 20.99s
Declination: +55° 53′ 56.5″
Distance: 1.413 redshift
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NGC 3079 is a barred spiral in Ursa Major, but for me the real "star" in this image is the Twin Quasar. Which is a single quasar that appears doubled by gravitational lensing by a foreground galaxy. It took the light 8.7 billion years to arrive here. The light from one component takes an additional 14 months to arrive having taken a longer path. This was the first observable object demonstrating the effects of gravitational lensing.



Telescope: Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
Camera: ZWO 1600 MM