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  • Writer's pictureKevin Hearn

M33 The Triangulum Galaxy

The Triangulum Galaxy (also known as M33) is about 3 million light-years away from Earth.

With a diameter of about 60,000 light-years, the Triangulum galaxy is the third largest member of the Local Group of galaxies, roughly 60% the size of the Milky Way. It may be a gravitationally bound companion of the Andromeda Galaxy. Triangulum may be home to 40 billion stars, compared to 400 billion for the Milky Way, and 1 trillion stars for Andromeda Galaxy. Spiral galaxy M33 is located in the triangle-shaped constellation Triangulum, earning it the nickname the Triangulum galaxy.

This image was taken on 12th September using Red, Green, Blue filters, 63 x 5 Minute images, a total of 5 Hours 15 minutes capture time. These are stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Processed and combined in Photoshop to create a colour image. ATIK460ex Mono Camera , ED80 Scope.

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