NGC 4216 & Cia
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4216,4206,4212,4222,4189,4193 et al (Virgo &
Coma Berenices) * March-April 2017 * ASA N12
astrograph (f/3.6, 1081mm) * DDM85 mount * G3 16200
Moravian CCD * LRGB Baader filters * Subframes
unguided- acquired with Sequence & Autoslew *
L:590min R:220m G:190m B:230m *
Some 40 million light-years distant, edge-on spiral
galaxy NGC 4216 is nearly 100,000 light-years
across, about the size of our own Milky Way.
Found in the dense Virgo Galaxy Cluster, NGC
4216 is centered in this deep telescopic portrait
flanked by fellow Virgo
cluster members NGC 4206 (right) and NGC 4222.
Like other large spirals,
including the Milky Way, NGC 4216 has grown by
cannibalizing smaller satellite galaxies.
In fact, this view has caught it in the act,
with still distinct satellite galaxies showing faint
star streams extending for thousands of light-years
into the halo of NGC 4216.
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