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NGC 5426 and NGC 5427

These two spiral galaxies exchange material during their encounter. The sense of rotation between the two galaxies may affect their shape during this encounter. These galaxies are approximately 114 million light years away.

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Last Updated: 10-Apr-2014

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20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.1

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

Image taken under very poor seeing conditions.

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 = 120 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Larry and Judy Patterson/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF