NGC 5643

on Tuesday, May 3, 2022
NGC 5643 is an intermediate spiral galaxy. Intermediate because it is between the classification of a barred and unbarred spiral galaxy. The nucleus has an intense activity where vast amounts of glowing gas are thought to be falling into a central massive black hole. It has a two well defined symmetric arms that spans 100 thousands light years away. NGC 5643 has been home of two supernovae: SN 2013aa and SN 2017cbv. The Galaxy is visible near the Milky Way, which is not so frequent. Normally galactic dust makes it impossible to look through. It is located 15 degrees from the galactic plane and it is seen nearly face on, at an inclination of 27 degrees approximately.
NGC 5643 was first reported by Scottish astronomer James Dunlop on May the 10th of 1826 with a 9 inch reflector.

Taken with a 8" Orion Optics UK, Televue ParaCorr and QSI 583 WS LRGB (60,30,30,30)

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