Arp 271or NGC5426/27 is a pair of similarly sized strongly interacting spiral galaxies. They will continue interacting for tens of millions of years,
creating new stars as a result of the mutual gravitational attraction between the galaxies, a pull seen in the bridge of stars already connecting the two.
Located 90 million light-years away, the Arp 271 pair is about 130,000 light-years across. It was originally discovered in 1785 by William Herschel.
Find an image by the ESO 8,2m VLT: here.
LRGB (400-140-140-140 min) total 13,7 h, north is up, seeing 0.8-1.2 arc-sec,
80cm f/7 Astrooptik Keller cassegrain, FLI PL-16803, Astrodon gen2 filters, Prompt 7 CTIO Chile
Processing: Johannes Schedler
Find here the wider image in 25/100% size and a crop on the galaxy pair in 70/140% size below.