NGC 4567 & NGC 4568 (Vir): an image
NGC 4567 and NGC 4568 are a stunning couple of spiral galaxies nicknamed the “Siamese Twins” or “Butterfly Galaxies” because of their shape and connection. Discovered in 1784 by Sir William Herschel, the are part of the Virgo Cluster and placed at about 60 millions of light years from us. They are a wonderful example of interacting galaxies. On the right, NGC 4564 is also visible, with many other galaxies all around. The limiting magnitude here is 20.5/21.0.
The picture above comes from the average of twelve, 300-seconds exposures, remotely collected with the PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. Images were unguided, binning 2×2, with a resulting scale of 1.2″/pixel.
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