Astrophotography by Kent Biggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Galaxy Trio NGC 5566, 5569, 5560

 

 

This amazing trio of galaxies in the constellation Virgo contains 3 barred spirals (note the bar structure in the center of each galaxy).  The largest has not only the bar structure but an inner "arm" that forms a complete ring.  Likely in the distant past these three galaxies interacted with each other, perhaps multiple times. 

 

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Exposure:

Celestron C11 F/10 (2800mm Focal Length)
SBIG ST10XME with Adaptive Optics
LRGB = 150:70:60:80 minutes

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June 1,4,8, 2005
Columbus, Texas
Kent E. Biggs