NGC 6946, The Fireworks Galaxy in Cygnus

Posted by Rod Pommier
on Monday, December 26, 2022
NGC 6946 is a face-on spiral galaxy lying 25 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. It is also known as the Fireworks Galaxy because it exhibited ten supernovae during the 20th century. Typically, a spiral galaxy would have one supernova per century. However, what is unusual about this galaxy is that it lies fairly close to the plane of the Milky Way in the sky. You can tell this by the large number of stars visible in the images. Very few galaxies are visible this close to the Milky Way because dense dust clouds within it usually completely obscure our view. Our view of this galaxy is still significantly dimmed by intervening dust within our Milky Way.

Image Data:
Telescope/Mount: Celestron Compustar C14 with Starizona LF reducer/corrector (f/7.5).
Camera: SBIG STL 11000M with Baader Planetarium LRGB filters.
Adaptive Optics: SBIG AO-L at 8 Hz.
Location: Pommier Observatory, Portland, OR, USA.
Dates: 2018-08-04 through 2018-08-18.
Exposures: L:R:G:B = 230:55:55:50 minutes = 6 hours, 30 minutes total exposure.

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