Birthday Wishes and NGC 3169
This week’s OOTW features Alice’s OOTD posted on the 25th of November 2010.
This beauty is NGC 3169. It’s a spiral galaxy 55.3 million light years away in the constellation Sextans. It’s part of a group of two other spiral galaxies: NGC 3166 and NGC 3165. The nearest galaxy to it – NGC 3166 – is tugging at it, causing its spiral arms to distort.
NGC 3169 also happens to be a nomination for this:
“Today’s Object of the Day is not an object, but a request for some. Zookeeper Rob is looking for an “Object of the Day” for a Zoo Advent Calendar, which should be interesting (open up this pocket of space and – oops, a black hole! ). Want to help?
From now until Monday, please post your favourite galaxy, either from Hubble Zoo or from SDSS. On Monday we will have a poll, closing on Tuesday night.”
(Post the galaxies in Alice’s OOTD)
Also, Happy Birthday Zookeeper Chris!