Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 7102 - Supernova 2003 iw

Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 7102 and Supernova 2003 iw
A 10 minute CCD exposure taken with an ST-9E camera thru Kopernik's 20 inch F/8.1 telescope. Image taken at 0:00 UT on December 28, 2003. The field of view is 9x9 arc minutes with North at the top.

Supernova 2003 iw:

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 7102:

This 14.0 magnitude galaxy is in the constellation of Pegasus. NGC 7102 has a small, bright nucleus, and a broad bar, plus several knotty arms. It is paired with an edge-on companion galaxy and there are hints of a faint thin bridge connecting the two. There are also a number of faint background galaxies in the area.

Based on the published red shift, (and a Hubble Constant of 62 Km/sec per Mpc) a rough distance estimate for NGC 7102 and SN 2003 iw is 256 million light years, with a galaxy diameter of about 126,550 light years.

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George Normandin, KAS

December 29th, 2003