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Arp 295 Interacting Galaxy Pair

Arp 295 is a pair of interacting spiral galaxies connected by a bridge of stars and gas of nearly 250,000 light-years long. The pair is located some 280 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Aquarius. The southern galaxy is designated Arp 295a (or MCG -04-60-021) and the northern one is Arp 295b (or MCG-01-60-022). Arp 295a is about 5.24 kpc across while Arp 295b measures about 2.52 kpc. There is a much smaller galaxy (Arp 295c) associated with the larger spiral.

Image data:
LRGB (880-160-200-240 min) total 24,7 h, seeing 0.9-1.4 arc-sec, north is up
80cm f/7 Astrooptik Keller corrected cassegrain, FLI PL-16803, Baader Filters, Prompt 7 CTIO Chile,
processing: Johannes Schedler

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Last modified on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 18:54

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