Trio of Galaxies (NGC 5981, NGC 5982 and NGC 5985)

This image was obtained with the wide-field view of the Mosaic camera on the Mayall 4-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory. The edge-on galaxy NGC 5981 (top), the elliptical galaxy NGC 5982 (middle) and the spiral galaxy NGC 5985 (bottom) form a distinct trio. It is not clear if or when these galaxies might merge with each other. But there is already evidence that NGC 5982 has already merged with one or more smaller galaxies in the recent past. The image was generated with observations in the B (blue), V (green), and I (red) filters. In this image, North is left, East is down.

Credit:

T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage) and H. Schweiker (WIYN and NOIRLab/NSF/AURA)

About the Image

Id:noao-ngc5982
Type:Observation
Release date:June 30, 2020, 9:33 p.m.
Size:3220 x 4781 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 5981, NGC 5982, NGC 5985
Constellation:Draco
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):15 38 59.70
Position (Dec):59° 18' 1.43"
Field of view:13.99 x 20.68 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 179.9° left of vertical


Colors & filters

BandWave-lengthTele-scope
Optical
B
436 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic I
Optical
V
537 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic I
Optical
I
805 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic I