In the constellation Virgo
180 million times the mass of the Sun
Diameter roughly equal to the outer edge of the asteroid belt
A ground-based image of NGC 5576. Observations show that it is interacting with the smaller galaxy to its lower right, with a "bridge" of stars and gas between them. [David W. Hogg/Michael R. Blanton/SDSS Collaboration]
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