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Image is of ngc3718 in Ursa Major which is a twisted spiral galaxy caused by gravitational interaction with a smaller galaxy. ngc3718 is 52 LY away while at the top of the image the Hickson Group of five interacting galaxies are over 400 million light-years away.

Image is LRGB with 3hrs Lum and 1hr each of RGB (binned 2x2) taken with an Atik 383+ Mono on Richey-Cretien 250mm F8 on NEQ6,guided by PHD/QHY5 camera, stacked in DSS and processed in Photoshop CS5

[Ian Smith]