NGC 4298 and NGC 4302

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Christopher K.
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NGC 4298 and NGC 4302

Post by Christopher K. » October 19th, 2016, 4:27 pm

This pair is part of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster (although they are actually in the constellation Coma Berenices). Both have an apparent magnitude of between twelve and thirteen, with NGC 4298 being slightly brighter. The pair almost certainly have begun to interact with each other, as this image shows warping on the outer edges of their spiral shapes...
http://www.cfht.hawaii.edu/HawaiianStar ... p2015.html

A picture similar to that one is the January image in 2017 Astronomy Magazine Deep Space Mysteries calendar; as the picture is also from the Canade-France-Hawaii Telescope they may be the same but oriented differently and with slightly different illumination values. This calendar is currently for sale by BRAS to members only. The last members-only day, according to Treasurer Trey Anding, is the November meeting on Monday the 14th. If there are any left at that time, the calendars can be sold to HRPO patrons (cash and check only). The price is ten dollars.

NGC 4298 lies 3˚12' south of magnitude 4.7 K-class 11 Comae Berenices.

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