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Galaxies Arp 87

Arp 87 are the two spiral galaxies NGC 3808 and NGC 3808A, which are in an early state of merging. Already a bridge between them has formed. A polar ring around NGC 3808A attests to a former fusion of galaxies.

Constellation: Leo
Distance: 300 million light-years
Visual magnitude: 14.1
Type: Sc D

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    Arp 87, NGC 3808 and NGC 3808A
NGC 3808 is the lower, NGC 3808A is the upper galaxy in the image.
Photo: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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