NGC 6946 (Arp 29, UGC 11597) - Spiral Galaxy type Scd, in Cepheus .
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NGC 6946 (Arp 29, UGC 11597) - Spiral Galaxy type Scd, in Cepheus
Discovered by William Herschel in 1798.
NGC 6946, also known as the Fireworks Galaxy, is a face-on spiral galaxy about 10 million light years away beyond a multitude of forground stars within our own galaxy. It spans nearly 40000 light-years across. Nine supernovae have been discovered in NGC 6946 since 1917, which is a sign of an abnormally high star formation rate. NGC 6946 is one of the nearest giant spiral galaxies, which at one time was suspected to be an outlying member of the Local Group. It is highly obscured by interstellar matter of the Milky Way galaxy, as it is located only 11 degrees off the plane of it. NGC 6946 has a high level of star formation throughout its disk. One of the most interesting features of this galaxy is a peculiar stellar complex (bright blue knot) to the west of the galaxy center. This formation is one of the brightest supercluster of young, blue stars known in the disk of any spiral galaxy.
North is up. The Horizontal FOV is about 30' (crop from original FOV). The image almost centered at:
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