NGC 5468


We see the galaxies around us in various orientations. NGC 5468 is a spiral galaxy which we see with an almost dead-on top-down view. Over the last couple of decades, NGC 5468 has hosted a number of supernovae: SN 1999cp, SN 2002cr, SN2002ed, SN2005P and SN2018dfg. Despite being just over 130 million light-years away, the  face-on orientation of the galaxy with respect to us makes it easier to spot such new “stars” as they appear.

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Mergers and Acquisitions


While most galaxies live their own separate, solitary lives, others stray a little too close to a near neighbor. These two galaxies, cataloged as NGC 6285 (left) and NGC 6286 (right)—and as Arp 293 (the pair), have done just that. They are interacting with their mutual gravitational attraction pulling wisps of gas and streams of dust from each other, distorting their shapes.

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