Object name: NGC0918
NGC 918 is a SAB(rs)c: galaxy in Ares about 60 million light-years distant. It is seen through a lot of dust reducing its brightness by about a magnitude in visual light, more in blue and less in red light which gives it a rather reddish hue. The galaxy hosed SN2009js 5 years ago. There's little known about this galaxy as it is located in the Zone of Avoidance where most galactic studies fear to tread. The southern half seems crossed by parallel bands of stars that are quite evenly spaced. Is this real or caused by dust in our galaxy obscuring it in bands. The POSS 2 IR image shows no hint of these bands which could indicate dust is to blame but if they are made up of hot blue stars then they'd not be seen in IR. The dust we do see in the image is far too diffuse to have created such a fine structure as these bands so I vote for the bands being real but what causes them. Some galaxies obviously interacting with a companion sometimes show bands much like these. M51 would be an example. But this is a very lonely galaxy. It has no companions. NGC 918 was discovered by John Herschel on January 11, 1831.
Related Designation(s):2MASS J02255079+1829464, 2MASX J02255022+1829561, 2MASXi J0225502+182956, 2MIG 0287, CGCG 0223.1+1816, CGCG 462-011, HIPASS J0225+18, IRAS 02230+1816, IRAS F02230+1816, KIG 0103, KIG 0103:[VOV2007] 124, LQAC 036+018 002, MCG +03-07-011, NGC 0918, NGC0918, PGC 009236, UGC 01888, UZC J022550.7+182946, [dML87] 591, [VCV2001] J022550.9+182946, [VCV2006] J022550.9+182946,