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NGC 6587

A galaxy located in the eastward parts of the constellation Hercules, on the northern fringes of the Milky Way where Hercules approaches Aquila to the southeast. NGC 6587 is immensely distant from our own Galaxy, at some 146 million light years, and is therefore faint in the skies of Earth at magnitude +13.

Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas

NGC 6587 is an early-type galaxy of lenticular form, with a shape somewhat intermediate between that of an elliptical and a spiral galaxy. Though it displays some of the flattened structure of a spiral galaxy, it does not possess the spiral arms or strongly differentiated nucleus associated with that type.


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