The spiral galaxy NGC 6744 in Pavo
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The spiral galaxy NGC 6744
Top left is NE. Image width is almost 2 degrees
Image and text © 2001-2010, Australian Astronomical Observatory. Photograph from UK Schmidt plates by David Malin.

This beautiful galaxy is about 25 million light years away in the direction of Pavo, a constellation of the southern hemisphere winter. It sits in a rich starfield, and is strongly inclined to our line of sight. NGC 6744 is believed to one of the most Milky Way-like of all the nearby spirals, with fluffy (flocculent) spiral arms and a large and distinctly elongated nucleus. It also has other similarities to the Milky Way that are not visible here (but seen on a deep image), with at least one distorted companion galaxy superficially similar to one of the Magellanic Clouds. This image has been deliberately made wide field, to show that we see this distant Milky Way look-alike much as any inhabitants might see us, through a veil of stars in their own galaxy.

Entry from NGC 2000.0 (R.W. Sinnott, Ed.) © Sky Publishing Corporation, 1988:
NGC 6744  Gx 19 09.8  -63 51 s  Pav  15.59. p cB, cL, R, vg, svmbM, r   
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n6744_d      NGC 6744, deep image
AATCCD 6. NGC 6744, a Milky Way-like spiral galaxy
Constellation of Pavo (external site)

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Updated by David Malin, 2010, July 25