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NGC 5395 and NGC 5394 - the Heron Galaxy

Submitter: Albert van Duin
Description: NGC 5395 and 5394 are two interacting galaxies in the constellation of Canes Venatici, discovered in 1787 by William Herschel. The bigger galaxy is NGC 5395, and the smaller one is called NGC 5394. The latter is believed to have cart-wheeled through NGC 5395. It's also known as Arp 84, and the two galaxies bear a striking resemblance to a blue heron. At a distance of 165 million light years, the galaxies appear quite small - subtending an angle of about 2.5 x 1.5 arc minutes.

This image is a LRGB combination of 15 hours worth of data, collected with a 0.4m telescope in Beilen. It will probably be one of the last images acquired there, for the telescope will soon be relocated to a much darker site in Germany.

The full image can be seen at: http://www.astrobin.com/full/292005/C/ Many faint galaxies can be seen in the background.
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