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2010-04-08 10:25:00

Hubble has snapped a spectacular view of the largest "player" in the Leo Triplet, a galaxy with an unusual anatomy: it displays asymmetric spiral arms and an apparently displaced core. The peculiar anatomy is most likely caused by the gravitational pull of the other two members of the trio. The unusual spiral galaxy, Messier 66, is located at a distance of about 35 million light-years in the constellation of Leo. Together with Messier 65 and NGC 3628, Messier 66 is one third of the Leo...


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2010-09-08 16:07:17

The Leo Triplet, consisting of the spiral galaxies M65, the M66, and the NGC 3628, is also called the M66 group. The small group of galaxies is about 35 million light-years in the constellation LEO. In close proximity is the M96 Group. It is believed that these two groups may be separate parts of a much larger group. There is also some group identification algorithms that identify the Leo Triplet at part of the M96 Group. Photo Copyright and Credit

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