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The Cosmos with NGC 7013

NGC 7013 is another spiral galaxy.  It is tilted slightly toward us so that we can see the galaxy “arms”, however, the classification of this galaxy puts it into either a restricted spiral class or lenticular class.  The arms in the inner ring appear to completely disconnect from the center (hence ring), while the outer stars appear to have very little arm pattern (hence lenticular).  However in this recent image, more of the arms and connections to the interior “ring” are slightly evident.   The bright yellowish star may look like its in one of the arms, but it is in our own galaxy.  It is in fact about 25 times fainter than the faintest star you can see at night and while it looks large its size is over a million million times smaller than the more distance galaxy.  Below is an original image I took of this galaxy with the C-11.  The stats for this galaxy are RA: 21h 03m 33.5s, Dec: +29° 53′ 50″, Mag: 12.4 (B), Size: 4.4’x1.4′, and Class: SA(r)0/a.

NGC 7013 is a relatively nearby spiral or lenticular galaxy estimated to be around 37 to 41.4 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Cygnus. NGC 7013 was discovered by English astronomer William Herschel on July 17, 1784 and was also observed by his son, astronomer John Herschel on September 15, 1828.

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