NGC 55 the "Whale Galaxy"
NGC 55, also occasionally referred to as The Whale Galaxy, is a Magellanic type barred spiral galaxy located about 6.5 million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor.
Along with its neighbor NGC 300, it is one of the closest galaxies to the Local Group, probably lying between the Milky Way and the Sculptor Group.
NGC 55 and the spiral galaxy NGC 300 have traditionally been identified as members of the Sculptor Group, a nearby group of galaxies in the constellation of the same name. However, recent distance measurements indicate that the two galaxies actually lie in the foreground.
It is likely that NGC 55 and NGC 300 form a gravitationally bound pair.
RA: 00h 14m 53.6s
DEC: -39° 11' 48"
Distance: 6.5 Mly
Acquisition September 2020
Total acquisition time: 1.1 hours.
Based on data from Telescope.live CHI-1
Data acquisition: Telescope Live
Processing: Nicolas ROLLAND
Location: El Sauce Observatory, Rio Hurtado, Chile
L 4 x 300 sec
R 3 x 300 sec
G 4 x 300 sec
B 2 x 300 sec
Optics: Planewave 24“ CDK @ F6.5
CCD: FLI PL 9000
Pre Processing: CCDstack & Pixinsight
Post Processing: Photoshop CC, Lightroom