Sep 9, 2010

Astronomy Pic Of The Day Arp 271

NGC 5426 and NGC 5427 are colliding and merging to one Galaxy.

This image was taken with the EFOSC instrument, attached to the 3.58-metre New Technology Telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile. The data were acquired through three different filters (B, V, and R) for a total exposure time of 4440 seconds. The field of view is about 4 arcminutes.
Credit: ESO