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Location of Photo:

Ferrara (Italy)

Date/Time of photo:

17/12/2023 00:00


Konus 200/1000 @950mm (f/4.8), Player One Poseidon-C @-5 °C camera, Sky-Watcher Eq6r Pro mount, SvBony CLS filter


NGC 5907 (also known as Knife Edge Galaxy or Splinter Galaxy) is a spiral galaxy located approximately 50 million light years from Earth. William Herschel discovered the galaxy in 1788. NGC 5907 has an anomalously low metallicity and few detectable giant stars, being apparently composed almost entirely of dwarf stars. It is a member of the NGC 5866 Group. NGC 5907 has long been considered a prototypical example of a warped spiral in relative isolation. In 2006, an international team of astronomers announced the presence of an extended tidal stream surrounding the galaxy that challenges this picture and suggests the gravitational perturbations induced by the stream progenitor may be the cause for the warp. The existence of part of these tidal streams has been recently challenged by some deeper surveys.