|| This pair of galaxies is one of the most distinctive pairs of spiral
galaxies in the Virgo cluster. NGC 5775 shows
us its thin figure, while NGC 5774 displays its spiral arms face-on. These
two galaxies are interacting. Close inspection reveals a
very dim luminous chain which connects these galaxies. Images from large
telescopes have detected star formation occuring between the galaxies. NGC
5775 is also of interest to astronomers that study galactic structures
(filaments and gas plumes) that extend perpendicular to the disk.
NGC 891 is
a similar galaxy that has been investigated in much the same way. NGC 5775
and NGC 5774 are located approximately 73 million light years away.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
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