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Cetus Duo: The conspicuous Messier Galaxy M77, also called Cetus A, is the nearest and brightest radio galaxy known. A supermassive black hole in the core of this galaxy generates the tremendous radiation intensity in a broad spectral range. It is accompanied by another beautiful spiral galaxy, NGC 1055, in an edge-on display (upper right in this image).
Thus the two galaxies form a wonderful duo in the constellation of Cetus, the Whale, which is not so often photographed.

The image was taken at the observatory of IAS at Hakos Farm in Namibia.

The image has been selected Astronomy Picture of the Day(APOD)


Object Cetus Duo
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation M 077
Constellation Cetus
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/3 in corrected primary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 4 x 10min each RGB, Baader filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar on Schneider OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing MaxIm DL5, Photoshop. Color Code RGB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 20 Oct 2014
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