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M66

3.18.2013

M66

M66 is a disturbed spiral galaxy found in the direction of the Constellation Leo at a distance of 36 Million Light-Years. It is a member of the Leo Triplet which also includes M65 and NGC3628, and all three are interacting gravitationally, creating the disturbed look of M66, which shows many heavy dust lanes and bluish star-forming regions mainly in the high central mass interior. It had a close encounter with NGC3628 around 800 million years ago. M66 has an approximate diameter of 95,000 Light-Years. Object: M66 Distance: 36 MLY Magnitude: 8.3 Date: March 2013 Place: Fort Davis, TX Exposure Details: LRGB:540:150:180:250 unbinned Processing: MaxIm DL, CCDStack, Photoshop CS3 Optics: 12.5" RCOS Truss Focal Length: 2808mm @ f9 Mount: Paramount ME GE Robotic Camera: STL6303E Focuser: RCOS Guiding: Off-Axis with SBIG Guide Camera Filters: Tru-Balance LRGB 2"

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