M95 & M96

Image information:

Date: 03/02/2019
Equipment: QSI583wsg with internal filter wheel and Astrodon E series Gen II LRGB filter set through APM 107/700 APO telescope with Astro-Tech 2" field flattener on Losmandy GM8 mount.t
Image type: LRGB
Exposure time: 13X8min Luminance binned 1X1, RG&B 13X8min each binned 2X2

Object information:

Object designations:

  • M95, NGC3351
  • M96, NG 3368
Object type:
  • M95 Barred spiral galaxy
  • M96 Spiral galaxy
Object size:
  • M95 7.4' X 5.0'
  • M96 7.8' X 5.2'
Constellation: Leo
M95 and M96 belong to the same group of galaxies in the constellation of Leo. The group is known as M96 Group or Leo I Group. It contains at least 8 members. M95 (on the right side of the image) is 33 million ly distant and has diameter of some 50 kly. It is home to around 40 billion stars and has a well-defined barred spiral structure. M96 (left) is 35 million ly distant with diameter of approximately 66 kly. Its asymmetric arms and displaced core contain almost 100 billion stars.

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