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NGC 972                    (image up-sampled 1.5x)
Penryn, California
October 2008
FS-128  (ag, ST-4)
ST-2000XM LRGB  10  minute subs

NGC 972 is classified Sab and has a red shift distance of  69 Mly.  Morphology is attributed to a past encounter with a gas rich galaxy, the star forming region and the prominent dust lane is tilted with respect to the galactic plane.