The merging galaxy pair NGC 4568 and NGC 4567

This image from the Gemini North telescope in Hawai‘i reveals a pair of interacting spiral galaxies — NGC 4568 (bottom) and NGC 4567 (top) — as they begin to clash and merge. The galaxies will eventually form a single elliptical galaxy in around 500 million years.

Credit:

International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA
Image processing: T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage/NSF's NOIRLab), J. Miller (Gemini Observatory/NSF's NOIRLab), M. Zamani (NSF’s NOIRLab) & D. de Martin (NSF’s NOIRLab)

About the Image

Id:noirlab2219a
Type:Observation
Release date:Aug. 9, 2022, 11 a.m.
Related releases:noirlab2219
Size:2134 x 1944 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 4567, NGC 4568, SN 2020fqv
Constellation:Virgo
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):12 36 33.26
Position (Dec):11° 14' 30.08"
Field of view:5.76 x 5.24 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 89.0° left of vertical


Colors & filters

BandWave-lengthTele-scope
Optical
g
475 nmGemini North
GMOS-N
Optical
r
630 nmGemini North
GMOS-N
Optical
i
780 nmGemini North
GMOS-N
Optical
H-alpha
656 nmGemini North
GMOS-N