Dwarf Galaxy NGC 5474
About this image
Located in the constellation Ursa Major, NGC 5474 is a dwarf galaxy and nearest companion to the large spiral galaxy M101. Strong gravitational interactions with M101 have distorted the shape of NGC 5474, triggering star formation and offsetting the nucleus of the galaxy from the disk. This image was obtained with the wide-field view of the Mosaic Camera on the Mayall 4-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory. In the image North is up and East is to the left. Imaged May 30, 2008 and February 2, 2010.
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Minimum credit line: T.A. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage, H. Schweiker/WIYN and NOAO/AURA/NSF
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