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NGC 6057 - Seyfert's Sextet
Serpens Caput 
Penryn, California
April 2009
M 250 @ f 9.3 (ag, ST-4)
ST-10XME Lum 10 minute subs

In 1951, Carl Keenan Seyfert (1911-1960) investigated a group of galaxies around NGC 6027 which is since known as Seyfert's Sextet (Seyfert 1951).

NGC 6027 had been discovered visually by Edouard Stephan, director of the Marseilles Observatory, in June of 1882, using an 80-cm (31.5-inch) reflector.  (above from

 All six galaxies are classified as peculiar.  The Hubble image of Seyfert's Sextet follows-

"December 12, 2002: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is witnessing a grouping of galaxies engaging in a slow dance of destruction that will last for billions of years. The galaxies are so tightly packed together that gravitational forces are beginning to rip stars from them and distort their shapes. Those same gravitational forces eventually could bring the galaxies together to form one large galaxy. The name of this grouping, Seyfert's Sextet, implies that six galaxies are participating in the action. But only four galaxies are on the dance card. The small face-on spiral with the prominent arms [center] of gas and stars is a background galaxy almost five times farther away than the other four. Only a chance alignment makes it appear as if it is part of the group. The sixth member of the sextet isn't a galaxy at all but a long "tidal tail" of stars [below, right] torn from one of the galaxies."