UGC 477 (2014)

This is the second of six galaxies from Proposal 10550 I plan to process. They are all low surface brightness galaxies. I don’t know much about them and that’s why they interest me. There are very few Milky Way stars in this picture and many background galaxies for comparison to the foreground one. I tried to include as many as possible. Because these are remarkable for their lack of brightness, I have decided that it would be best to not try to brighten them a lot with processing, especially not relative to the other objects in the field.

It is not very noticeable but the chip gap is running vertically down the left side of the galaxy. It should be easy to see the faked filler zoomed 100%. It’s just a thin line that would otherwise be blank that I’ve matched the brightness of the galaxy to and added some noise on top of. I used to think I shouldn’t do this but if I always note that I did so then I think it is permissible. There are so many pictures in the archive that almost nobody will ever see otherwise.

Red: HST_10550_01_ACS_WFC_F775W_sci
Green: Pseudo
Blue: HST_10550_01_ACS_WFC_F475W_sci

North is NOT up. It is 16.7° counter-clockwise from up.

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Hubble data is public domain, but I put a lot of work into combining it into beautiful color images. The minimal credit line should read: NASA / ESA / J. Schmidt

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