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NGC 4568 The Siamese Twins

Shown here are two galaxies which are either passing very near to one another or are about to collide. Right now it would appear that these two spiral galaxies are unaffected by the encounter. The foreground galaxy is slightly inclined from our view. These galaxies are part of the Virgo cluster of galaxies perhaps 65 million light years away.

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Last Updated: 03-Apr-2014

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20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/9

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

Two iterations of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using CCDsharp were applied to the luminance image.

Digital Development (DDP) via Maxim/DL was also used in order to display the very dim and very bright details of

the image simultaneously.

Luminance = 90 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Bill and Marian Wallace/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF