|Observation data (J2000 epoch)|
|Right ascension||19h 01m 41.7s|
|Declination||+40° 45′ 11″|
|Redshift||4545 ± 60 km/s|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||13.3|
|Apparent size (V)||1′.4|
|UGC 11391, PGC 62691,|
Bird's Head, NGC 6745a / 6745b / 6745c
NGC 6745 (also known as UGC 11391) is an irregular galaxy about 206 million light-years (63.5 mega-parsecs) away in the constellation Lyra. It is actually a trio of galaxies in the process of colliding.
The three galaxies have been colliding for hundreds of millions of years. After passing through the larger galaxy (NGC 6745A), the smaller one (NGC 6745B) is now moving away. The larger galaxy was probably a spiral galaxy before the collision, but was damaged and now appears peculiar. It is unlikely that any stars in the two galaxies collided directly because of the vast distances between them. The gas, dust, and ambient magnetic fields of the galaxies, however, do interact directly in a collision. As a result of this interaction, the smaller galaxy has probably lost most of its interstellar medium to the larger one.
- "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 6745. Retrieved 2006-11-25.
- "A Bird's Eye View of a Galaxy Collision - Fast Facts". Retrieved 2008-02-26.
- de Grijs, R.; Anders, P.; Bastian, N.; Lynds, R.; et al. (2003). "Star cluster formation and evolution in nearby starburst galaxies - II. Initial conditions". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 343 (4): 1285–1300. arXiv:astro-ph/0305184. Bibcode:2003MNRAS.343.1285D. doi:10.1046/j.1365-8711.2003.06777.x. S2CID 16174497.
- Media related to NGC 6745 at Wikimedia Commons
- NGC 6745: The Astronomer's Story
- HubbleSite - NewsCenter - A Bird's Eye view of a Galaxy Collision
- NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day: A Galaxy Collision in NGC 6745 (2 November 2000)