NGC 4567 and NGC 4568

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NGC 4567 and NGC 4568
NGC4568.jpg
The Siamese Twins with NGC 4567 (top) and NGC 4568 (bottom)
Observation data (J2000.0 epoch)
Constellation Virgo
Right ascension 12h 36m 34.3s
Declination +11° 14′ 17″
Distance 59.4 Mly (18.2 Mpc)[1]
Type SA(rs)bc / SA(rs)bc
Apparent dimensions (V) 4.6' × 2.1'
Apparent magnitude (V) +10.9
Absolute magnitude (V) -13.3
Notable features colliding galaxies
Other designations
NGC 4567/8, UGC 7776
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

NGC 4567 and NGC 4568 (nicknamed the Siamese Twins or the Butterfly Galaxies) are a set of spiral galaxies about 60 million light-years away[1] in the constellation Virgo. They were both discovered by William Herschel in 1784. They are part of the Virgo cluster of galaxies. Only one supernova (SN 2004cc) was observed in the Siamese Twins.

These galaxies are in the process of colliding and merging with each other, as studies of their distributions of neutral and molecular hydrogen show, with the highest star formation activity in the part where they overlap. However the system is still in an early phase of interaction.[2]

They were named "Siamese Twins" because they appear to be connected.

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  1. ^ a b "Distance Results for NGC 4568". NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  2. ^ "Molecular Gas in the Early Stage of Interacting Galaxies: The NGC 4567/8 Pair". Retrieved 2012-05-14. 

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