Home Index page Previous image Next image
Click to view the full size image:
2000 x 1601, 427 KB
NGC4438 / Eyes Galaxies

Classification: Barred lenticular galaxy NGC4438, Arp120
Constellation: Virgo (VIR)
Object Location: Ra 12h 28m 33s Dec +12° 55’20” (current)
Size & Distance: 5.8 x 3.0 Apx. 52 Million light years.

Date & Location: 03-21-2015 Little Blair Valley, CA.
Exposure: LRGB; 60, 30, 30, 30, All 10min. (bin 1x1)
Optics: Telescope Engineering Company APO180FL @ f/7.36 using an Astro-Physics 160FF, F/L 1325mm.
Mount: Astro-Physics 1200 GTO / ATS 10x36 pier.
Camera: FLI-MLx694 @-30c / CFW2-7 / FLI-Atlas focuser / Guided by SBIG ST-I / w OAG.
Filters: Astrodon G2 LRGB
Software: MaxImDL 6.08, Photoshop CS5, CCDStack, Topaz Labs.

Notes: Sky conditions: Poor seeing, Light wind, Temp 60°
Image Field of view is 26 x 32.4 arcmin.

The Eyes Galaxies (NGC 4435-NGC 4438, also known as Arp 120) are a pair of galaxies about 52 million light-years away in the constellation Virgo. This galaxy takes its name from its ring structure which made it popular, and are also located about center of the Markarian’s Chain.

NGC 4435 is a barred lenticular galaxy with a relatively young (age of 190 million years) stellar population on its central regions that has been discovered by the Spitzer Space Telescope and whose origin may be the interaction with NGC 4438. It also has a long tidal tail possibly caused by the interaction with the mentioned galaxy; however other studies suggest that tail is actually a galactic cirrus in the Milky Way totally unrelated to NGC 4435