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The Deer Lick Galaxy or NGC 7331

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The Deer Lick Galaxy or NGC 7331
NGC 7331 is a spiral galaxy about 40 million light-years away in the constellation Pegasus. It was discovered by William Herschel in 1784.[citation needed] NGC 7331 is the brightest member of NGC 7331 Group of galaxies. The galaxy is similar in size and structure to the galaxy we inhabit, and is often referred to as "the Milky Way's twin",although recent discoveries regarding the structure of the Milky Way may call this similarity into doubt. In spiral galaxies the central bulge typically co-rotates with the disk but the bulge in the galaxy NGC 7331 is rotating in the opposite direction to the rest of the disk. The current bulge may have formed from in falling material, however if it has been there since the formation of the galaxy then it would be difficult to explain how such a situation arose. (Taken from Wikipedia) 39x5min 9.25 Celeastron SCT at f/6.3 QHY8 OAG with DSI Nebulosity, PHD, DSS, PS
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