This image shows a group of galaxies known as the Deer Lick Group. The large galaxy in the center is NGC 7331. At least 7 other members of the group can be seen in this image, including NGC 7335, NGC 7337, and NGC 7340. Move the cursor and hold it over each galaxy to identify it.
NGC 7331 is listed in some catalogs as a magnitude 9.5 object. It is the brightest of about a dozen galaxies in Pegasus. This spiral galaxy was believed to be very similar to our Milky Way galaxy, and astronomers thought that perhaps this is how our galaxy would look from a distance of 40 million light-years. However, recent data suggests that our galaxy may not be like this galaxy, and may actually be a barred spiral galaxy.
This is an RGB color composite CCD image taken at prime focus on an Epsilon 250 telescope at f3.4 with an ST-8E CCD and CFW-8 color filter wheel. The data for this image was collected over the course of three consecutive nights. North is toward the upper right-hand corner of the image.
RA: 22h 37m 15.10s Dec: +34d 25' 13" (J2000)
July 4-6, 2003
Image by Sid Leach
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