Markarian's Chain - Galaxy Group

Posted by BobFranke
on Thursday, April 18, 2013

North is to the top.
Across the heart of the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies lies a striking string of galaxies known as Markarian's Chain. The chain, pictured above, is highlighted on the upper right with two large but featureless lenticular galaxies, M84 and M86. Prominent to their lower left is a pair of interacting galaxies known as The Eyes. The home Virgo Cluster is the nearest cluster of galaxies, contains over 2000 galaxies, and has a noticeable gravitational pull on the galaxies of the Local Group of Galaxies surrounding our Milky Way Galaxy. The center of the Virgo Cluster is located about 70 million light years away toward the constellation of Virgo. At least seven galaxies in the chain appear to move coherently, although others appear to be superposed by chance.
Source:  NASA APOD

Taken from 2/7/2013 to 3/14/2013 in Chino Valley, AZ
Takahashi FSQ–106ED w/ an SBIG STF–8300 camera using Baader filters  

Exposure Details      
Lum   430.0 min. (43 x 10 min.)    
Red   161.0 min. (23 x 420 sec.)  
Green 193.2 min. (23 x 504 sec.)   
Blue   230.0 min. (23 x 600 sec.)

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