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Hubble Snaps A Peculiar Galaxy Pair

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Messier 60 (also M60, NGC 4649, Arp 116, UGC 7898 and PGC 42831) is a magnitude +9.8 elliptical galaxy located 55 4 million light-years away in the constellation Virgo.
It is part of a pair of galaxies known as Arp 116 with NGC 4647.

The galaxy was discovered by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Koehler using a 3-foot Dollond achromatic telescope on the 11th April 1779.
The galaxy hosted supernova 2004W.

Right Ascension 12h 43m 39.6s, Declination +11 33' 09"

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Odd Galaxy Couple on Space Voyage

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Two very different galaxies drift through space together in this image taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The peculiar galaxy pair is called Arp 116. Arp 116 is composed of a giant elliptical galaxy known as Messier 60 (or M60) and a much smaller spiral galaxy, NGC 4647. The faint bluish spiral galaxy NGC 4647 is about two-thirds of M60 in size and much lower in mass - roughly the size of our galaxy, the Milky Way.
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