Rose Galaxy ARP273 Close Up

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This is a close up view of the Rose Galaxy (ARP 273) is a pair of interacting galaxies in the constellation Andromeda.

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This is a close up view of the Rose Galaxy (ARP 273) is a pair of interacting galaxies in the constellation Andromeda. It is listed in the Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies, compiled by Halton Arp in 1966. The larger of the spiral galaxies, known as UGC 1810, is about five times more massive than the smaller galaxy. It has a disc that is tidally distorted into a rose-like shape by the gravitational pull of the companion galaxy below it, known as UGC 1813. The Rose Galaxy is approximately 30 million light years from Earth. This image consists of 16 hours of data, 4 in each of L, R, G and B filters plus associated dark, flat and BIAS images. This image won the April 2017 Sky at Night Hotshots monthly competition.