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Galactic Eyes, variant

Galactic Eyes, variant

Edited European Southern Observatory image of two interacting galaxies that resemble eyes. Color/processing variant.

Original caption: This striking image, taken with the FORS2 instrument on the Very Large Telescope, shows a beautiful yet peculiar pair of galaxies, NGC 4438 and NGC 4435, nicknamed The Eyes. The larger of these, at the top of the picture, NGC 4438, is thought to have once been a spiral galaxy that was strongly deformed by collisions in the relatively recent past. The two galaxies belong to the Virgo Cluster and are about 50 million light-years away.

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Photo taken on 9 January 2019 (© sjrankin / Flickr)

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 eyes galaxies, ngc 4435, ngc 4438, eso, european southern observatory, edited, 14 january 2019, galaxy, interacting galaxies

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