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The Stone Galaxy
NGC7479 in Pegasus

The Stone galaxy is named after its most prominent admirer, Michelle Stone.? How do I get away with calling this the Stone galaxy?? Why am I so special?? The way I figure it, these names are picked out of the air anyway. And since this one has no special name yet and is the same shape as the first letter of my last name.... well you get the picture.? So hence forth, this galaxy shall be called the Stone Galaxy.

This is an extreme example of a "barred spiral" galaxy. Notice how far its arms extend from the center of the core until they start to bend.

This galaxy is estimated to be 113,000,000 light years away.

C11 at F6.3, SX H516 CCD camera
Three 10 minute exposures were added to create this image.