Blade and Pearl Galaxy (NGC 5746) in Virgo
NGC 5746 is a massive edge-on system that belongs to the Virgo-Libra Cloud of Galaxies. It has a whopping linear diameter of 162’000 light-years at a distance of 96 million ly. It is an intermediate-type spiral with a very small, bright nucleus in a moderately small, though bright, peanut-shaped bulge.
The galaxy in the upper right corner is NGC 5740 shining at 11.8 mag with an apparent diameter of 2.8′ x 1.5′.
[description from O’Meara]
Finder Chart Blade and Pearl Galaxy (NGC 5746) in Virgo
Image created by Skychart
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