NGC 3628

NGC 3628 is a remarkable galaxy since it is being disturbed in many ways. It is one member of a triple group of galaxies including M65 and M66 in Leo. The gravitational pull of these neighboring galaxies has most likely tipped the plane of NGC 3628 and made its central dust lane "wobbled" in appearance. In addition, spectroscopic analysis of the stars and gas in the disk reveal interesting kinematics. The stars orbit the galaxy in the opposite direction of the gas. It is surmised that a recent galactic mergers generates these kinds of dynamics. In this image, there are many small galaxies (especially the dim dwarf beneath) which may soon be gobbled up. All of this action takes place some 35 million light years away from us.

This image was taken as part of Advanced Observing Program (AOP) program at Kitt Peak Visitor Center during 2014.

Credit:

KPNO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/Glen Saurdiff and Joan Simpson/F. Haase, S. Peterson, K. Garmany

About the Image

Id:noao-n3628saurdiff
Type:Observation
Release date:March 27, 2014, 2:05 p.m.
Size:1935 x 1918 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 3628
Constellation:Leo
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):11 20 24.18
Position (Dec):13° 35' 0.58"
Field of view:19.18 x 19.03 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 179.5° right of vertical


Colors & filters

BandWave-lengthTele-scope
Optical
B
438 nmWIYN 0.9-meter Telescope
S2KB
Optical
G
475 nmWIYN 0.9-meter Telescope
S2KB
Optical
R
625 nmWIYN 0.9-meter Telescope
S2KB
Optical
Broad Band
555 nmWIYN 0.9-meter Telescope
S2KB