Credit: Ken Crawford, Rancho Del Sol Observatory. (In collaboration with the Dr. David Martinez-Delgado Star Stream Survey)

 

Here, we can see a large barred spiral galaxy, as it appears edge-on from our vantage point.

 

In the image, the galaxy (known as NGC 1055) can be seen interacting with much larger neighboring galaxy - dubbed Messier 77. Both are the largest members of the M77 galaxy group, which is home to a slew of large galaxies and 5 smaller ones.

 

Amazingly, both are separated by a distance of only 442,000 light-years - with a faint tidal tail of stellar materials forming a bridge that connects the two. The most notable areas are home to a slew of high mass, blue-white stars, which provide contrast to the darkness of the interstellar medium.


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