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Galaxies ESO 593-IG 008

Two merging galaxies are not a particular rarity, but here even three of them collide. A big barred spiral galaxy and a big spiral galaxy are fusioning here, together with a massive irregular galaxy. The latter produces an enormous amount of new stars, 200 solar masses a year. The irregular galaxy lies at the head of the figure called 'The Bird'. Where it has got its name from is easy to imagine.

Constellation: Sagittarius
Distance: 650 million light-years
Diameter: 100 000 light-years

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12/25/2007

    ESO 593-IG 008
To the left is the head of the bird.
Photo: ESO, European Southern Observatory

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