All is Not What it Seems



Image Credit & Copyright: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Time and time again we see pairs of overlapping galaxies and or objects in space that appear to be side by side when they are in fact, not. This odd couple is no different; NGC 5011B (Right) and NGC 5011C (Top center).

Roughly 156 million light years away is NGC 5011B, a spiral galaxy that resides in the Centaurus Cluster of Galaxies which contains well over 100 galaxies and is the nearest supercluster to the Virgo supercluster. NGC 5011C for many years was believed to be alongside its image partner and also a member of the same supercluster. That was however, until they took a closer look.

First and foremost there is no apparent interaction between the two objects. No gravitational imbalance or streams of material being disrupted due to tidal forces. Secondly and most importantly, when they conducted a study on…

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Author: rjbailey

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