NGC 3227 & 3226
Spiral galaxy NGC
3227 (upper right) is interacting with elliptical galaxy NGC
3226 (lower left). They have likely passed through and around
each other several times. The nucleus of NGC 3227 is an X-ray
source, likely due to two or more super massive black holes.
Areas of blue and red show active star formation; note that
these areas, follow tidal forces through the larger galaxy.
there is also evidence of blue and red regions above / in front
of the galaxy. Could these be areas of star formation expelled
from the parent galaxy? Below is the same image with color data
absent, but over processed to show the interaction of the
galaxies more clearly. The stats for NGC 3227 are NGC 3227 RA:
10h 23m 30.6s, Dec: +19° 51' 55", Mag: 10.3 (V), Size:
5.2'x4.0', and Class: SAB(s)a pec.
||RC Optical System 20" F/8.2 (4165.6 mm Focal Length)
||SBIG ST10XME with Adaptive Optics
||LRGB = 300:70:80:120 minutes
||Kent E. Biggs