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Penguin Galaxy (NGC 2936)

Penguin Galaxy (NGC 2936) Galaxy in Hydra

Penguin Galaxy (NGC 2936) is a galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 326 Million LY light years away in the constellation of Hydra.

It is also referred to as NGC(2936) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue.

The Galaxy's location is 09h 37m 41 (R.A.) and +2d 46` 00 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 13.10 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 1.3 x 30 .

The Penguin galaxy so called because it looks like a penguin looking after an egg. It is one of two galaxies that make up the ARP 142. The small elliptical galaxy being looked after by the Penguin is NGC 2937 galaxy, sometimes referred to as an egg. The shape is caused by the interaction with the egg galaxy as they collide. The Penguin was once a spiral galaxy but has since been affected by the more spherical shaped object.

The stars in the Penguin Galaxy are mainly new and young stars evidenced by the presence of blue stars where as in the egg, the stars are mainly old, red stars and not much new stars are being formed. After the collision, a new series of star forming will begin.

The Penguin might be being shaped by the egg, the galaxy at the top of the picture, UGC 5130 is in fact millions of light years closer to us here on Earth and therefore not close enough to the collision to be affected in the same way as the others. N.A.S.A.

Fact File

NamePenguin Galaxy (NGC 2936)
NGC Id2936
Right Ascension09h 37m 41
Declination+2d 46` 00
Distance (Lt.Yr)326 Million LY
Visual Brightness13.10
Apparent Dimension1.3 x 30

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