NGC 5907, The Splinter Galaxy

The Spinter or Knife Edge Galaxy is an edge-on system and is located about 40 million light years from us. It is located in the constellation of Draco and was discovered by William Herschel in 1788. In 1940, a supernova (SN1940A) was discovered in this galaxy that peaked at magnitude 14.3.  In 2006 a team of astronomers discovered extended tidal streams around this galaxy. These streams are leftovers of a second galaxy that once collided several times with NGC 5907 and gradually was ripped apart. The tidal streams are debris that was left over along the orbit of the smaller galaxy that was consumed. 

The image was taken with 11" Vixen VMC260 telescope and QSI583WSG camera on a Gemini G41 mount.

Exposure time was 22 hours in total. LRGB 5:6:6:5 hours.

All images were taken in 1x1 binning.


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