Hickson 44 Galaxy Group
Cropped from a larger frame, this group of planktonic forms are actually 4 galaxies lying about 60 million light years away in Leo.
In the centre is NGC 3190, a tight spiral, only 8degrees from edge-on. Its central dust lane is warped by gravitational interaction with the nearby galaxies.. Off to the upper right is the elliptical, amorphous NGC 3193. Just below centre is NGC 3187, whose spiral arms have been gravitationally stretched and bent into opposing tails by its neighbours. And to the left of centre is the barred spiral NGC 3185.
Orion Optics UK AG16 Astrograph at f3.8: SBIG 11000 CM: Titan Mount
25 x 10 minutes minutes (4hours 10 mins total) single shot colour, processed with CCDStack, Photoshop, Pixinsight, taken automatically with CCDAP5. Using IDAS D1 filter for light pollution reduction.
Data capture: 13th March 2015