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Galaxy Pair NGC 5090 and NGC 5091
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Name: NGC 5090, NGC 5091
Description: Interacting Galaxies
Position (J2000): RA 13h 21m 18.62s Dec -43° 43' 23.98"
Constellation: Centaurus
Distance: 150 million light years
Visual magnitude: 5090: 12.6, 5091: 13.9
Angular size: 5090 2.9 × 2.4 arcmin, 5091: 1.8 × 0.5 arcmin
Field of view: 6.81 x 6.78 arcminutes
Orientation: North is 0.1° right of vertical
Image Credit: ESO
Release date: April 30, 1999
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A pair of galaxies NGC 5090 - 5091 in Centaurus is shown in this image. They are located at about the same distance as ESO 269-57 and may belong to the same cluster of galaxies.

NGC 5090 (top right) is an elliptical galaxy while NGC 5091(lower left) is a spiral galaxy.

This is an interacting elliptical-spiral system with some evidence of tidal disruption of NGC 5091 by NGC 5090. The velocity of the nucleus of NGC 5091 has been measured as 3429 km/sec, while NGC 5090 has a velocity of 3185 km/sec. NGC 5090 is associated with a strong, double radio source (PKS 1318-43).

This three-color composite (BVR) was obtained with VLT ANTU and FORS1 in the morning of March 29, 1999. A bright star in the Milky Way, just outside the field at the upper left, has produced a pattern of blue straylight. The field size is 6.8 x 6.8 arcmin. North is up and East is to the left.