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Saturday, November 12, 2011

GTC image of Interacting Galaxies NGC 5395-94 aka Arp 84

GTC image of Interacting Galaxies NGC 5395-94 aka Arp 84
Click on the image for full resolution (4.16 MB)

NGC 5395 and 5394, also known as Arp 84, are two interacting galaxies in the constellation Canes Venatici. The larger, NGC 5395, is at a distance 165 million light-years and NGC 5394 is 162 million light-years away. NGC 5394 is thought to have cart wheeled through NGC 5395, instead of a grazing encounter. Arp 84 is also known as the Heron Galaxy. The image shows a few dozen background galaxies.
The full resolution image weighs 4.16 MB, so please be patient when downloading!
Credit: Grand Telescopio CANARIAS (GTC)

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