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Seyfert's Sextet

Seyfert's Sextet

Seyfert's Sextet is a group of galaxies located in the constellation Serpens. The group appears to contain six interacting members, but one of the galaxies — the bluish-tinted spiral galaxy — is only visually connected as it is a background object almost 700 million light-years beyond the closer five objects. Those five interacting objects — three are individual galaxies and the two are actually separated parts of the same galaxy —are located 190 million light-years distant. The gravitational interaction among these galaxies should continue for hundreds of millions of years. Ultimately, the galaxies will merge to form a single giant elliptical galaxy.

Using both ESA/ESO/NASA provided software and Photoshop, I combined b&w Hubble Space Telescope images (courtesy NASA and MAST) taken with UV, blue, yellow-green, and infrared filters to create this image.