Interacting Galaxy Pair NGC 7253 AB (CPG 566)

This R-band image shows the galaxy pair NGC 7253 AB, also known as CPG 566 from Karachentsev's catalog of galaxy pairs. The image was obtained with the 1.1-m Hall telescope of Lowell Observatory. This pair of 14th-magnitude galaxies lies in northwestern Pegasus, about 200 million light-years away. Both galaxies have very clear three-dimensional disturbances, evidence they they really are as close to one another as they appear in projection and have been tidally shredding one another. The image is displayed using a logarithmic intensity transformation, spanning an area about 7.3 by 7.2 arcminutes. North is up and east to the left.

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