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Galaxy NGC 6868

The elliptic giant galaxy NGC 6868 has in recent times fusioned with another galaxy, presumably a spiral. Because in its center are young, big stars and conglomerations of dust which shouldn't exist in large ellipses otherwise.

Constellation: Telescopium
Distance: 87.4 million light-years
Visual magnitude: 10.79
Type: E2

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03/07/2006

    NGC 6868
Photo: ESO Online Digitized Sky Survey

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