NGC 5907, the Splinter Galaxy   HOME INDEX BACK NEXT

Spiral galaxy in Draco

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NGC 5907 is a prime example of a spiral galaxy seen almost exactly edge on. As is the case with many galaxies, a dark, irregular dust lane  cuts through the middle of the galaxy.  It is sometimes called the Knife Edge Galaxy or the Splinter Galaxy.

Estimates of the galaxy's distance vary somewhat, but it is thought to be about 50 million light years away.

Magnitude 11.1
Apparent Size 12.7' x 1.4'
Distance (light yrs) 53 million
Right Ascension 15:15.9
Declination +56 19

Image details:  Exposure times of 45 minutes luminance, and 18 minutes each of red, green, and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 14" Meade LX850 telescope at f/6.

July 2014