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NGC4567/4568

12.31.1969

NGC4567/4568

NGC4567/4568 are a pair of spiral galaxies seen at an oblique angle in the direction of the Constellation Virgo at an approximate distance of 60 Million Light-Years. These two are also known as the Siamese Twins or Butterfly Galaxies due to their orientation. They have small nuclei and bright knotty arms are their combined gravitational influence stir up the gas and initiate new rounds of star formation as they draw closer together, although there is no evidence of tidal streams and distortions associated with as yet an actual merger, and thus must be considered in the early phase of an eventual merger. Object: NGC4567/4568 Distance: 60MLY Magnitude: 11/12 Date: April 2016 Place: Fort Davis, TX Exposure Details: LRGB:600:180:210:270 unbinned Processing: MaxIm DL, CCDStack, PixInsight, Photoshop CS3 Optics: 12.5" RCOS Truss Focal Length: 2808mm@f9 Mount: Paramount ME Robotic Camera: SBIG STL6303E Focus: RCOS Guiding: SBIG RGH Off-Axis Filters: Tru-Balance LRGB GenII 2"

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