Arp188 or the Tadpole Galaxy

Click on the picture and see if you can spot the Tadpole galaxy in the wide-field view.

Arp188 or the Tadpole Galaxy

Telescope: 16″ f3.75 Dream Scope
Camera: FLI ML16803
Mount: ASA DDM85
Exposure: 65x5min L + 29x5min each for RGB
Date: May 2017
Location: Southern Alps, France

Data acquisition: Karel Teuwen and Bart Delsaert
Processing: Bart Delsaert

The Tadpole Galaxy is a disrupted barred spiral galaxy located 420 million light-years from Earth toward the northern constellation Draco. Its most dramatic feature is a massive trail of stars about 280,000 light-years long; the size of the galaxy has been attributed to a Galaxy merger with a smaller galaxy which is believed to have occurred about 100 million years ago. Because of its great distance from Earth, the apparent size is only 3.6 x 0.8 arcmins.

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