VLT looks into the eyes of the Virgin

This striking image, taken with the FORS2 instrument on the Very Large Telescope, shows a beautiful yet peculiar pair of galaxies, NGC 4438 and NGC 4435, nicknamed The Eyes. The larger of these, at the top of the picture, NGC 4438, is thought to have once been a spiral galaxy that was strongly deformed by collisions in the relatively recent past. The two galaxies belong to the Virgo Cluster and are about 50 million light-years away.

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Auðkenni:eso1131a
Tegund:Athuganir
Útgáfudagur:Ágú 24, 2011, 12:00 CEST
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso1131
Stærð:1781 x 1499 px

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Nafn:Eyes Galaxies, NGC 4435, NGC 4438
Tegund:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
Fjarlægð:50 milljón ljósár
Constellation:Virgo
Flokkur:Galaxies

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Position (RA):12 27 45.67
Position (Dec):13° 0' 31.02"
Field of view:7.48 x 6.30 arcminutes
Stefna:Norður er 120.0° højre frá lóðréttu

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Very Large Telescope
FORS2

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