NGC 5907 The Splinter Galaxy

NGC 5907 Galaxy

The Splinter Galaxy

NGC 5907 is a magnitude 10.4 spiral galaxy in Draco. The galaxy is seen almost perfectly edge-on from our line of sight. This spiral has a very flat disc. Because it appears extraordinarily elongated almost like a "knife edge," it is also known as the Splinter Galaxy. William Herschel discovered this galaxy on May 5, 1788, and by coincidence, I finished imaging it on May 5, 2008, exactly 220 years later. In 1940, a supernova exploded in this galaxy, (designated supernova 1940A), and reached magnitude 14.3. The Splinter Galaxy is included in the SAC list of 110 best NGC objects.

This is a CCD image taken at prime focus on a Takahashi FCT-150 refractor at f7 with an SBIG STL-11000M CCD. Guiding was accomplished with a remote autoguider on an FS-78 guidescope.

NGC 5907
Constellation: Draco
RA: 15h 16m 10s Dec: +56d 17' 48"
April 6 & May 5, 2008
Image by Sid Leach
Scottsdale, Arizona

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