|| This group of six galaxies has a controversial background that is similar
to another famous group- Stephan's Quintet. In this
example 5 of the 6 galaxies show recessional velocities (redshifts)
that are approximately equivalent. However the small spiral galaxy has a
retreating velocity more than 4 times higher than the others. If these
galaxies are truly bound gravitationally (at the same distance), it would
be difficult to marry the conflict in velocity with distance. Please visit
the NOAO gallery's description of
NGC 6027 for
a good explanation and labeled picture.
This image is deep enough to adequately show the tidal tails of the interacting galaxies. Note that galaxies seen through this material are significantly reddened.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
Minimum credit line: Doug Matthews/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
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