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Galaxy Cluster in Andromeda

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This galaxy cluster can be found less than 1 degree to southwest of the well-known edge-on galaxy NGC 891. This image shows many of the most prominent members of the galaxy group, including 7 galaxies listed in the New General Catalog (identified in the roll-over image) and about 20 galaxies listed in the Principal Galaxy Catalog.

Several of these galaxies are bright enough to be seen in large amateur telescopes. The galaxies exhibit a nice variety of shapes, including the elliptical NGC 910, the face-on spiral NGC 914, and the barred spiral NGC 906. The distance to this cluster is about 240 million light years. The galaxies are moving away from us at about 1.9% of the speed of light.

NGC 906:

Magnitude 13.8
Apparent Size 1.4' x 1.0'
Distance (light yrs) 230 million
Right Ascension 2:25.3
Declination +42 05
Field of View 29' x 22'

Image details:  Exposure times of 153 minutes luminance and 36 minutes each of red, green and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 14" Meade telescope at f/6.

January 2018