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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Om bildet

ID:eso1131a
Type:Observasjon
Publiseringsdato:24. august 2011 12:00
Relaterte pressemeldinger:eso1131
Størrelse:1781 x 1499 px

Om objektet

Navn:Eyes Galaxies, NGC 4435, NGC 4438
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
Avstand:50 million lysår
Constellation:Virgo
Kategori:Galaxies

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Koordinater

Position (RA):12 27 45.67
Position (Dec):13° 0' 31.02"
Field of view:7.48 x 6.30 arcminutes
Orientering:Nord er 120.0° til høyre for vertikalen

Farger og filtre

BåndTeleskop
Optisk
V
Very Large Telescope
FORS2

Pseudogreen (V+R)
Very Large Telescope
FORS2
Optisk
R
Very Large Telescope
FORS2

 

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