NGC 3521 June 11, 2006Posted by jtintle in Deep Space, Space Fotos.
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Spiral galaxy NGC 3521 is often overlooked in favor of the nearby Leo triplet. But if you're an amateur astronomer with a telescope, this lovely galaxy is worth the hunt. At a magnitude of 8.9, it has a bright concentration in the middle and a dark band of dust blocking light from the near side. As you can see in this image, NGC 3521 also displays a magnificent halo of matter ejected from the disk.