NGC 7752 and NGC 7753 (Arp 86) – Peg

NGC 7752 and NGC 7753 in Pegasus

NGC 7752 and NGC 7753 in Pegasus

The vast constellation of Pegasus, the winged horse, while very popular, host a large array of deep-sky gems just marginally known, with very few exception.

For sure the NGC 7752 and NGC 7753 couple (also known as Arp 86) is not very famous, though spectacular when imaged with powerful enough scopes. This pair resembles the one formed by M 51 and NGC 5195, at a smaller scale. The distance of this beautiful couple is around 270 millions of light years.

NGC 7752 is a barred spiral galaxy showing signs of interaction with the companion, NGC 7753, likely an irregular galaxy, showing signs of a previous “collision” with the bigger member.

This image above comes from the average of 13, 600-seconds exposures, unfiltered, remotely collected with the  PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. Binning 2×2, with a resulting scale of 1.2″/pixel.

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