Location of photoSamphran, Thailand
Date/Time of photoApril 30, 2017
EquipmentOfficina Stellare RiLA 600 f/5.0, FLI MLx694
DescriptionNGC 5426 and NGC 5427 (ARP 271) is a rarely photographed interacting galaxy pair in the constellation Virgo. Approximately 90 million light years from Earth, this galaxy pair spans 130,000 light years across. Because these two galaxies are similar in size, it is unlikely that one will be devoured by the other. More likely these galaxies will continue to interact for tens of millions of years, creating new stars along the way.