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Anne’s Image of the Day: Galaxy Pair MRK 1034

9 Apr 2014, 14:23 UTC
Anne’s Image of the Day: Galaxy Pair MRK 1034
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April 9, 2014 MRK 1034, a galaxy pair in Triangulum Image Credit: Judy Schmidt, ESA/Hubble & NASA MRK 1034 (short for Markarian 1034) is an interacting galaxy pair that consists of two very similar spiral galaxies, named PGC 9071 (also known as Mrk 1034SW) and PGC 9074 (or Mrk 1034NE). The pair is located [continue reading]

April 9, 2014
MRK 1034, a galaxy pair in Triangulum

Image Credit: Judy Schmidt, ESA/Hubble & NASA
MRK 1034 (short for Markarian 1034) is an interacting galaxy pair that consists of two very similar spiral galaxies, named PGC 9071 (also known as Mrk 1034SW) and PGC 9074 (or Mrk 1034NE). The pair is located in the northern constellation of Triangulum (the Triangle).
The galaxies are close enough to one another to be bound together by gravity, although no gravitational disturbance can yet be seen in the image. These objects are probably only just beginning to interact gravitationally.
Because both galaxies are presented face-on to our eyes, we are able to see their distinctive shapes. The galaxy at the bottom in this image (PGC 9071) – although very similar and almost the same size as its neighbor – has a slightly different structure to its ...

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