NGC 6872 and IC 4970

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NGC 6872 and IC 4970
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Pavo
Right ascension 20h 16m 56.5s / 20h 16m 27.3s[1]
Declination −70° 46′ 05″ / −70° 44′ 59″[1]
Redshift 4,555 ± 30km/s /
4,715 ± 44km/s[1]
Distance 212 Mly (65 Mpc)[2]
Type SB(s)b pec / SA0- pec:[1]
Apparent dimensions (V) 6.0′ × 1.7′ /
0.7′x 0.2′[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 12.69 / 14.70[1]
Notable features Interacting galaxies
Other designations
ESO 073-IG 032 / 073-IG 033
PGC 64413 / 64415
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

NGC 6872 (also known as the Condor Galaxy) and IC 4970 are two interacting galaxies located over 212 million light-years away in the constellation Pavo.

On March 29, 1999, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) took a look at these galaxies. It shows the spectacular barred spiral galaxy NGC 6872 that is (contrary to earlier statements) not shaped like an integral symbol ∫; but more like a section sign §. It is of type SB(s)b pec, and is accompanied by IC 4970, a smaller interacting galaxy of type SA0- pec:.[1] One of the NGC 6872 spiral arms is significantly disturbed and is populated by a plethora of bluish objects, many of which are star-forming regions. This may have been caused by a recent passage of IC 4970 through it.

NGC 6872[edit]

NGC 6872 extends over more than six arcmin in the sky.[1] Its real size from tip to tip is 522,000 light years, making it one of the largest known spiral galaxies as of 2013.[2] (see also NGC 262)

Other interacting galaxies[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "NASA's Galex Reveals the Largest-Known Spiral Galaxy". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. January 10, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 

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