NGC 1532 and NGC 1531


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NGC 1532 is a nearly edge-on spiral galaxy in the Southern constellation Eridanus. This galaxy is interacting with the irregular galaxy NGC 1531, just above its central bulge. This interaction is affecting both galaxies and a conspicuous blue star stream is emanating from NGC 1532. This galaxy has no popular name but, in my opinion, it resembles a kind of “Empire Destroyer Ship” seen in the Star Wars saga.


Now, back to serious topics, this galaxy is one of the largest galaxies of the Fornax Group, having among its members other large galaxies like NGC 1365, a version of which can be found here, or NGC 1316, already imaged and it will be included soon in this web site.

Additional Information


Name(s): NGC 1532

Type: Barred spiral galaxy

RA:  04h 12m 42s

Dec: -32ΒΊ 49’ 59”

Constellation: Eridanus

Size (arcmin): 12×4

Magnitude: +9.9

Distance: 56 Mly


Date: 2016-10-27 thru 2016-11-05

Location:, SSO near Coonabarabran, NSW Australia

Size (arcmin):37×30

Telescope: Planewave CDK 20” f/6.8

Camera: SBIG STX16803 (4096x4096pix)

Guiding: Astrodon MonsterMOAG off-axis guider

Total exposure: 9 hours 15 min (L: 3.5 hours; RGB: 5h45m)

Processing: CCDStack, Photoshop CC 2015.5

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