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Leo Triplet

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Leo Triplet (M65, M66, NGC 3628) in my favorite orientation. The galaxies form part of the M66 Group. The three galaxies show signs of gravitational interaction in the past. M66 has drawn out spiral arms that show a high rate of star formation. NGC 3628 has a long tidal tail stream visible in deep exposure image, in addition to it's warped disk in our edge on view.

Many additional distant background galaxies are also visible.

Additional Info

  • Constellation: Leo
  • Right Ascension: 11h 17m
  • Declination: +13°25′
  • Distance (Lightyears): 35 million
  • Telescope: Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera: ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
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