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The Triangulum Galaxy

A Pinwheel of 40 Billion Suns 

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The Triangulum Galaxy, designated as M33, is the third largest spiral in the local group of galaxies, after our home galaxy, the Milky Way, and the Andromeda Galaxy, which is the largest. The Triangulum Galaxy lies some 3 million light years away, which means that the light recorded in this image terminated an intergalactic journey that began long before the first human even walked on Earth. Although small by galactic standards, M33 is home to an estimated 40 billion stars, as well as being a galaxy with a relatively high rate of star formation. This high star forming activity is evidenced by the numerous reddish regions of ionised hydrogen. Unlike many other spiral galaxies, however, M33 lacks a distinct core despite having well-defined spiral arms. 

Imaging Details

Location: Mersing, Malaysia 
Date(s): July 2017
Telescope: Takahashi FSQ85ED at f/5.3
Camera: SBIG ST8300M 
Mount: Losmandy G11/G2 
Exposure Integration: 3 hours in HaLRGB

Image reduction, integration and processing with Pleiades Astrophoto PixInsight.

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