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Friday, May 18, 2012

Arp 87, Galactic Merger

Arp 87, a galactic merger comprised of NGC 3808 and 3808AArp 87, a galactic intermingling in the constellation of LEO, was discovered in the 1970's by Halton Arp. It comprises of NGC 3808 (right in photo above), a spiral galaxy that faces us almost face-on, and NGC 3808A (left in photo above), a spiral galaxy that faces us edge-on. As you can see more easily via the Arp 87 photo on Wikipedia (opens in new window), a band of stars and intergalactic dust connects both galaxies, truly showing that they interact. With the help of an awesome calendar with beautiful cosmic images, a photo corner rounder, and a simple paper cutter, Arp 87 is a neat wall decoration, with tidbits of info below!

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The background has three Hubble Space Telescope images, which are accessible at this Hubble webpage: Hubblesite.org/categories/images.

— LH 95 is a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Dorado constellation.

— Ant Nebula (also called Menzel 3) is an aptly-named planetary nebula located in the constellation Norma.
— Egg Nebula (also called CL 2688) is a protoplanetary nebula in the constellation Cygnus.

HubbleSite Image Links: LH 95, Ant Nebula, and Egg Nebula