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THE EYES (NGC 4435 & NGC 4438)

This pair of galaxies, known together as "The Eyes", is found in the Virgo cluster of galaxies. Their official names are NGC 4435 and NGC 4438. They were originally spirals, but their shapes have been severely disturbed by interactions between each other as well as various neighbouring galaxies. NGC 4438 is the larger of the two.

Credit: Ken Crawford.

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