Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 2608 (aka Arp 012)
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Spiral Galaxy NGC 2608
A 10 minute exposure with an SBIG ST-9E CCD camera taken thru our 20 inch F/8.1 telescope taken on 5/16/01 at 3:10 UT.

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Discovered May 8th, 2001, by T. Boles, Coddenham, England (U.K. Nova/Supernova Patrol).

Follow this Link to a NASA Web site on supernovas. It has a very nice animation and a description of what these objects are.

Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 2608 (aka Arp 012):

Dreyer's description in the New General Catalog (NGC):

"Faint, very little extended, much brighter middle, resolvable, but mottled."

Quote from The Deep Sky Field Guide to Uranometria 2000:

"Two asymmetric arms very high surface brightness. 'Nucleus may be double, or superposed star' (Arp)".

NGC 2608 in the constellation of Cancer is a very elongated galaxy with a bright core. It is in Arp's class: "spiral galaxies with split arms".

Based on the published red shift, (and a Hubble Constant of 62 Km/sec per Mpc) a rough distance estimate for NGC 2608 is 112 million light years, with a diameter of about 75,100 light years.

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George Normandin, KAS

May 18th, 2001