NGC 772 is both huge and distant. Despite its distance of 106 million light years in the constellation Aries, NGC 772 is twice the
diameter of our Milky Way Galaxy, allowing us to see detailed structure. The asymmetric spiral arms are distorted by interaction
with the dwarf elliptical galaxy NGC 770 at the 1:00 position. Stars stewn outward from NGC 770 appear as a fine haze
extending away from the pair.
I find the shape of NGC 772 resembles the nautilus shell, as illustrated to the right, so I have called it the Nautilus Galaxy..
This image combined 50 minutes of red, 50 minutes green and 75 minutes of blue exposures binned 2x2 and 160 minutes
unbinned luminance through a Meade 12" LX200R and an AP reducer with an ST10XME camera.
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