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NGC 474 is an elliptical galaxy in the constellation Pisces. This large galaxy is known to possess tidal tails, although their origins remain unknown.  These tidal tails may be related to debris left over from absorbing numerous small galaxies in the past billion years. Or the shells may be like ripples in a pond, where the ongoing collision with the spiral galaxy just above NGC 474 is causing density waves to ripple though it.

NGC 474 is an elliptical galaxy in the constellation Pisces. This large galaxy is known to possess tidal tails, although their origins remain unknown. These tidal tails may be related to debris left over from absorbing numerous small galaxies in the past.

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A giant gas cloud spanning light years with a mass of 10 billion Suns inside the galaxy merger system NGC involving two spiral Milky Way-sized galaxies each containing a supermassive black hole in the center.

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NGC 1300 by Steven Marx. A barred spiral galaxy about 61 million light-years away in the constellation Eridanus. The galaxy is about light-years across; just slightly larger than our own galaxy, the Milky Way. It is a member of the Eridanus Cluster.

Galaxy NGC 2442, aka the Meat-hook Galaxy, is some 50 mly away in the Volans constellation, the Flying Fish. The galaxy is 75,000 ly wide & features two dusty spiral arms extending from a pronounced central bar that give it a hook-like appearance. The galaxy’s distorted shape is most likely the result of a close encounter w/ a smaller, unseen galaxy

Nature Galaxy NGC aka the Meat-hook Galaxy, is some 50 mly away in the…

#astrointerest - #Google+ #NGC1097 is a barred spiral galaxy about 45 mly away in the constellation Fornax. It was discovered by Herschel on 10/09/1790. NGC 1097 is also a Seyfert galaxy.

NGC 1097 is a barred spiral galaxy about 45 million light years away in the constellation Fornax (The Furnace). It was discovered in NGC 1097 is a type Seyfert galaxy. The smaller galaxy, NGC is about light years away from NGC

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Helix nebula, a cosmic starlet often photographed by amateur astronomers for its vivid colors and eerie resemblance to a giant eye.The nebula, located about 700 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, belongs to a class of objects called planetary nebulae. Discovered in the 18th century, these colorful beauties were named for their resemblance to gas-giant planets like Jupiter.Planetary nebulae are the...

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Helix nebula, a cosmic starlet often photographed by amateur astronomers for its vivid colors and eerie resemblance to a giant eye. 36 / 40 Photo by Comets Kick up Dust in Helix Nebula;

The intense outpouring of radiation from the central star cluster NGC 346 is sculpting the gas and dust in this region of space, located 210,000 light-years away in the Small Magellanic Cloud. Image f

The intense outpouring of radiation from the central star cluster NGC 346 is sculpting the gas and dust in this region of space, located light-years away in the Small Magellanic Cloud.

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NGC 3314 - a pair of overlapping spiral galaxie in the constellation Hydra. The foreground galaxy, NGC is about 117 mly away. The background galaxy, NGC is about 149 mly away. The two components of NGC 3314 are physically unrelated.

NGC 2736, The Pencil Nebula. It is part of the Vela Supernova Remnant, located near the Vela Pulsar in the constellation Vela.

NGC The Pencil Nebula. It is part of the Vela Supernova Remnant, located near the Vela Pulsar in the constellation Vela.

Colour-composite image of the central 5,500 light-years wide region of the spiral galaxy NGC 1097, obtained with the NACO adaptive optics on the VLT. More than 300 star forming regions - white spots in the image - are distributed along a ring of dust and gas in the image. Credit: ESO

The eye at the center of this galaxy is actually a monstrous black hole surrounded by a ring of stars. The galaxy, called NGC 1097 and located 50 million light-years away, is spiral-shaped like our Milky Way, with long, spindly arms of stars.

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