NGC6946 - The Fireworks Galaxy

Credits: Keith Turnecliff, Long Itchington

NGC6946 is a face on intermediate spiral galaxy. It is about 25.2 million light years from Earth roughly the same distance as M101.

Facts about NGC6946 by Keith Turnecliff

In 2005 NGC6946 was dubbed the 'Fireworks Galaxy' as it has an unusually high rate of supernovae production compared to our
Milky Way Galaxy which averages one supernova event per century.

This star chart represents a view from Long Itchington for early October at 10pm.
Credits: Image courtesy of Starry Night Pro Plus 8, researched and implemented by Keith Turnecliff.