Arp 214 (NGC 3718)

 

Arp 214 is the last member of the class Irregularities, Absorption, and Resolution.  The Atlas notes are longer than normal, saying "barred spiral, sharp nucleus, narrow absorption lanes through center".  This is another two Arp field, with the group of small galaxies at the bottom making up Arp 322.  Arp 214 is both strange and beautiful.  It has an amazing array of loops, bands, tails, and barbs.  See The Arp Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies for a diagram highlighting some of the faintest features.  NGC 3729, toward the upper left, is also a very strange object, even though it did not make the Arp catalog. 

There are many more tiny galaxies scattered throughout the field.  Click on the color or negative image to see the respective full size image.

Atlas Image 

 
  10-inch Newtonian, SBIG ST2000XM, 88:24:24:24  
           
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