Shell Galaxies (NGC474 and NGC467)
On the upper left of this photograph, faint billowing shapes can be seen in the outer regions of an elliptical galaxy. Elliptical galaxies, which can contain up to a trillion stars, are typically smooth and shaped like a rugby ball. The delicate wispy sheets seen in this galaxy may result from its gravitational interaction with the nearby spiral galaxy to the right. Born digital photograph entitled 'Shell Galaxies (NGC474 and NGC467)', by Marco Lorenzi, dated 5th February 2011 Taken with a RCOS 14.5 - inch f/9 telescope; APOGEE U16 CCD camera Winner of the Robotic Scope category of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011.
- Image reference: MLO0002
- Copyright of the artist. National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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