Sunday, February 1, 2015

Interacting Mice

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows NGC 4676 in the constellation of Coma Berenices, or Bernice's Hair. The galaxies pictured have collided and are being deformed as a result, giving them "tails" and the nickname of the "Mice".  The "Mice" are part of Halton Arp's Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies (which is something worth looking at in terms of background).

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