Galaxy Zoo Talk

Huge 4 way merger?

  • metalmania by metalmania

    Are these 4 really merging? or are they different distances? it's hard to tell as there's not much disturbance...yet.


  • Capella05 by Capella05 moderator

    Difficult to tell as only the central galaxy has a redshift value available (z=0.084). The photoZ of the other objects have quite high error margins, and range from 0.064 to a massive 0.284! So it would be best to disregard them.

    Just from looking at the image and seeing the lack of interaction between the central galaxy and the other galaxies, I would say overlap rather than merger. We do have a nice tidal tail and some star streams between the galaxies on the lower right.

    Here is the SDSS zoomed out image:

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