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Hubble Interacting Galaxy NGC 6786
NGC 6786, UGC11415, VV 414, KPG 538, LEDA 62867
RA 19hr 10m 59.66s Dec +73° 25' 03.8"
1.3 '× 1.1'
350 million light-years (100 million parsecs)
March 10, 2002
NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and A. Evans (U of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook Univ)
April 24, 2008
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ABOUT THIS IMAGE:
This Hubble image displays a beautiful pair of interacting spiral galaxies with swirling arms. The smaller of the two, dubbed LEDA 62867 (UGC 11415) and positioned to the left of the frame, seems to be safe for now, but will probably be swallowed by the larger spiral galaxy, NGC 6786 (to the right) eventually. There is already some disturbance visible in both components. The pair is number 538 in Karachentsev's Catalog of Pairs of Galaxies. A supernova was seen to explode in the large spiral in 2004. NGC 6786 is located in the constellation of Draco, the Dragon, about 350 million light-years away. The object was discovered by American astronomer Lewis A. Swift on October 3, 1886.
image is part of a large collection of 59 images of merging galaxies taken
by the Hubble Space Telescope and released on the occasion of its 18th
anniversary on 24th April 2008.