Location of Photo:
San DIego, CA
Date/Time of photo:
Meade DSI Pro II CCD through Meade 8" LX90 at f/6.3. 8 hours 52 minutes total exposure time using 4 minute subframes. LLRGB processing.
NGC2903, a Barred Spiral (type SB) Galaxy in the constellation Leo. The dense central bar is hypothesized to accelerate star formation in the galaxy's circumnuclear ring. 25 million light years from earth, this magnitude 9 galaxy is one of the brightest galaxies in Leo and is visible through binoculars.