The disturbed galactic duo NGC 3169 and NGC 3166

This image from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile captures the pair of galaxies NGC 3169 (left) and NGC 3166 (right). These adjacent galaxies display some curious features, demonstrating that each member of the duo is close enough to feel the distorting gravitational influence of the other. The gravitational tug of war has warped the spiral shape of one galaxy, NGC 3169, and fragmented the dust lanes in its companion NGC 3166. At the bottom-right of the pair, a third galaxy is portrayed, NGC 3165.

Kredit:

ESO/Igor Chekalin

O snímku

Id:eso1114a
Typ:Pozorování
Datum zveřejnění:20. dubna 2011 12:00
Související články:eso1114
Velikost:5403 x 5403 px

O objektu

Jméno:NGC 3166, NGC 3169
Typ:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
Vzdálenost:70 milion světelné roky
Constellation:Sextans
Kategorie:Galaxies

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Position (RA):10 14 4.93
Position (Dec):3° 27' 18.66"
Field of view:21.43 x 21.43 arcminutes
Orientace:Sever je 1.6° pravá od svislé osy

 

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