The Leo Triplet Galaxies from VST

This popular group is famous as the Leo Triplet - a gathering of three magnificent galaxies in one field of view. Crowd pleasers when imaged with even modest telescopes, these galaxies can be introduced individually as NGC 3628 (left), M66 (bottom right), and M65 (top right). All three are large spiral galaxies. They tend to look dissimilar because their galactic disks are tilted at different angles to our line of sight. NGC 3628 is seen edge-on, with obscuring dust lanes cutting across the plane of the galaxy, while the disks of M66 and M65 are both inclined enough to show off their spiral structure. Gravitational interactions between galaxies in the group have also left telltale signs, including the warped and inflated disk of NGC 3628 and the drawn out spiral arms of M66. This gorgeous deep view of the region was taken by the new VLT Survey Telescope (VST) and spans about one degree (two full moons) on the sky. The field covers over 500 thousandlight-years at the trio’s estimated distance of 30 million light-years.

Trio Leo by Oleg Bryzgalov on Flickr.

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Explanation: This popular group is famous as the Leo Triplet - a gathering of three magnificent galaxies in one field of view. Crowd pleasers when imaged with even modest telescopes, these galaxies can be introduced individually as NGC 3628 (left), M66 (bottom right), and M65 (up). All three are large spiral galaxies. They tend to look dissimilar because their galactic disks are tilted at different angles to our line of sight. NGC 3628 is seen edge-on, with obscuring dust lanes cutting across the plane of the galaxy, while the disks of M66 and M65 are both inclined enough to show off their spiral structure. Gravitational interactions between galaxies in the group have also left telltale signs, including the warped and inflated disk of NGC 3628 and the drawn out spiral arms of M66. This gorgeous deep view of the region spans about one degree (two full moons) on the sky. The field covers over 500 thousand light-years at the trio’s estimated distance of 30 million light-years. (text: apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap060309.html)
This picture was photographed during 4 nights in February-April, 2014 in Khlepcha observatory, Ukraine.
Equipment: home made reflector 10 in., f/3.8
Mount WhiteSwan-180, camera QSI-583wsg, Tevevue Paracorr-2. Off-axis guidecamera QHY5L-II.
LRGB filter set Baader Planetarium.
L=24*300 sec.
RGB= 24*450-600 sec., unbinned. Total 12 hours.
FWHM 2.47”-3.51” , sum in L channel - 3.51”
Processed Pixinsight 1.8, Fitstacker and Photoshop CS6

Leo Triplet. M65 (upper right), M66 (lower right), and NGC3628 (left). 3 interacting galaxies 35 million light years away. There are approximately 1 trillion stars in this image! If only 1% have planets, and 1% of those have planets in the habitable zone, and 1% of those have life, and 1% of those have complex life, and 1% of those have intelligent life, there are 100 civilizations out there that may be staring back at you in this picture!

Edge-on NGC 3628

Sharp telescopic views of magnificent edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 3628 show a puffy galactic disk divided by dark dust lanes. The tantalizing scene puts many astronomers in mind of its popular moniker, The Hamburger Galaxy. About 100,000 light-years across and 35 million light-years away in the constellation Leo, NGC 3628 shares its neighborhood in the local Universewith two other large spirals, a grouping otherwise known as the Leo Triplet. Gravitational interactions with its cosmic neighbors are likely responsible for the extended flare and warp of this spiral’s disk, populated by the galaxy’s young blue star clusters and tell tale pinkish star forming regions. Also a result of past close encounters, a faint tidal tail of material is just visible extending upward and left in this deep galaxy portrait.

The Tail of the Hamburger Galaxy Image Credit & Copyright: Martin Pugh Sharp telescopic views of NGC 3628 show a puffy galactic disk divided by dark dust lanes. Of course, this deep portrait of the magnificent, edge-on spiral galaxy puts some astronomers in mind of its popular moniker, the Hamburger Galaxy. It also reveals a small galaxy nearby, likely a satellite of NGC 3628, and a faint but extensive tidal tail. The tantalizing island universe itself is about 100,000 light-years across and 35 million light-years away in the northern springtime constellation Leo. Its drawn out tail stretches for about 300,000 light-years, even beyond the left edge of the wide frame. NGC 3628 shares its neighborhood in the local Universe with two other large spirals M65 and M66 in a grouping otherwise known as the Leo Triplet. Gravitational interactions with its cosmic neighbors are likely responsible for creating the tidal tail, as well as the extended flare and warp of this spiral’s disk. #NASA #galaxy #stars #ngc3628 #leotriplet #hamburgergalaxy #coincidence

Just an old git playing records … ;)
Laser upgrade wasn’t going to be ready in time, so I learnt some visual software in 3 evenings to trigger off live while mixing. if you’re affected by strobing, best to just listen!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8O86ykKHis

HZ - Neonicle
Electronik Milk (Ohverclock Remix) - Grow
Area 5 - Sem
Vox Automation - E.R.P.
I’m On The Street - Robert Cosmic
In Abyss (Gods Of Technology Mix) - Signal Type
Second Phases (Kamikaze Space Programme Remix) - The Exaltics
Spaciousness - Komarken Electronics
Master Control - Darkmode
NGC3628 - Reeko
K Hole - Psychobot
Future Eyes (w1b0 Remix) - Alavux
Drum - The Aloof
Anodyne - Menace 808
Main Squeeze - W1b0
Cryptic - DJ Stingray
Hot In The Heels Of Love (Dave Clarke Remix) - DJ Hell
Devastate the Planet - Industrial Bass Machine
Labyrinth - Exium
Return 2 Earth - The Dexorcist
Walze 2 - Basic Implant
Elvis - Max & Amino
PipBoy 3000 - Pip Williams
Aura Fade - Shadowbunny
Varla #2 - Black Narcissus
6V - Alavux
Ascent & Descent - Soundex Phonetic
Amplituden Modulation - Robodrum
Phylyps Trak - Basic Channel
Intruder - The Martian
Tempestada - Illuminatae
Tiat - Delinquent Dialect
Hydro Theory - Drexciya

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