Gamma Leonis galaxy group

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This group of four galaxies is located about 2 degrees north of Gamma Leonis in the sickle portion of the constellation Leo. These galaxies display a great variety of shapes. From left to right, NGC 3193 is an elliptical galaxy with a bright center and a diffuse surround. NGC 3190 is a spiral galaxy seen nearly edge-on, with a broad dust lane. NGC 3187 has an angular "S" shape. To the lower right, NGC 3185 has a ring shape and a large central bar.

NGC 3190:

Magnitude 11
Apparent Size 4.4' x 1.5'
Distance (light yrs) 79 million
Right Ascension 10:18.1
Declination +21 50

Image details:  Exposure times of 123 minutes luminance, and 30 minutes each of red, green, and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 14" Meade LX850 telescope at f/8.

March 2015