NGC 4038-39 (Antennae Galaxy)

NGC 4038-39 (40)

NGC 4038-39 (The Antennae Galaxy)

The Antennae galaxy is a pair of interacting galaxies, showing two broadly curved tails of stars extending considerable distance, in Corvus at a distance of 45 MLY.

They are currently going through a starburst phase causing rapid star formation. The nuclei of the two galaxies are joining to become one giant elliptical galaxy.

Telescope.  16 Inch F 4.5 Newtonian.

Camera.  S Big ST 4000 XCM OSC CCD.

Exposure and Dates.  15 x 900 sec + 14 x 900 sec.  June 2012, July 2016.

Location.  (Wiruna) Ilford N.S.W.