NGC 3310 -- Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major
A Violent Soft Glow
Around 100 million years ago the galaxy NGC 3310, collided and consumed one of its larger
satellite galaxies. As the smaller galaxy was torn apart by NGC 3310 the disturbance resulted
in massive star formation. NGC 3310 is identified today as a “starburst galaxy” due to its
enhanced star creation.
Through the 155mm refractor from my suburban backyard, NGC appears as a small,
condensed spherical glow in the eyepiece showing no details. Its true violent nature well hidden
from my moderate-sized telescope.