NGC7479: NGC 7479 is a magnitude 11.45 barred spiral galaxy, showing extensive spiral arms with newly formed stars and glowing clouds of gas. The galaxy is estimated to be about 100 million light-years from Earth and about the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy, approximately 100,000 light-years across. A long bar-shaped structure and spiral arms that are not symmetrical are visible in its central region. These unusual features are thought to be evidence that NGC 7479 is cannibalizing another galaxy in a merger that began perhaps 5 million years ago.
Copyright 2003 Mark de Regt