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UFO Galaxy (NGC 2683)
J. Alex Karr

NGC2863

This galaxy, NGC 2683, otherwise known as the UFO Galaxy was given its nickname by the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory. This spiral galaxy was originally oberved by William Herschel in 1788 in the northern part of the sky. NASA stated in 2012 that this galaxy is comparable to our own Milky Way galaxy. It is believed to be either a barred or unbarred spiral galaxy. The reason for this hesitation between the two options is because the bar is hard to see due to the high inclination. This galaxy is also part of the Lynx constellation which again is in the northern part of the sky.

As you can see from the photograph pictured above the galaxy is indeed a spiral galaxy. It is also easily seen as to why it was nicknamed the UFO Galaxy even though we almost complete lose our grasp of the shape due to the fact that NGC 2683 is nearly edge on to us. This galaxy itself is not very colorful as it is mostly yellow in color. This yellowish color comes from the older yellow stars that make up the galaxy's fairly bright center. You can also see the dust lanes on the outer edge of the galaxy. These give a fair contrast from the inner brightness of the core.

References:

Nasa Website, http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/science/ufo-galaxy.html

The Daily Galaxy, http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2014/09/image-of-the-day-the-ufo-galaxy.html

Space, http://www.space.com/15234-ufo-galaxy-photo-hubble-telescope.html

Wikipedia, "NGC 2683"

Right Ascension (J2000) 08:52:41.30
Declination (J2000) +33:25:12
Filters used B (Blue), C (Clear), R (Red), V (Green)
Exposure x number of images for each filter B, C, R, and V (90s x 13)
Image dimension 1092x736 pixels
Date/time observed April 23, 2016, 4:25 UT
Distance 25 +- 4 Mly (Wikipedia, UFO Galaxy)
Scale 2.2 kpc/arcminute

 

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