Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Virgo (Vir)  ·  Contains:  NGC 5426  ·  NGC 5427
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Arp 271 - Preview of Milkomeda

Acquisition details

Dates:
April 22, 2022 ·  June 5, 2022
Frames:
Astrodon I-series: 36×420(4h 12′) bin 2×2
Luminance: 90×600(15h) bin 1×1
Integration:
19h 12′
Avg. Moon age:
13.25 days
Avg. Moon phase:
45.47%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 5871006

RA center: 14h03m25s.9

DEC center: -06°0310

Pixel scale: 0.510 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 248.767 degrees

Field radius: 0.148 degrees

Resolution: 1657x1262

File size: 448.1 KB

Data source: Backyard

Description

Arp 271

I don't usually image an object this low in my upstate NY sky, but was fascinated when I saw the bridge connecting the two galaxies in my test image.   The galaxies reach a maximum altitude of 41 degrees in my sky, and sub-exposures were collected as the galaxies rotated from 20 - 41 degrees above the southern horizon. The two prominent galaxies in this image are NGC 5426 (left) and NGC 5427 (right).  Collectively they are  entry number 271 in Halton Arp's Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies (http://arpgalaxy.com/).  Arp 271 is about 130 million light-years away in the constellation Virgo.

 This interaction may be a preview for the merger of the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies in 5 billion years (https://esahubble.org/images/opo9734o/).

I hope you enjoy!

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Arp 271 - Preview of Milkomeda, 



    
        

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