Object name: NGC6621

Designation(s): NGC6621, ARP81DONE,

Arp 81 is NGC 6621 and NGC 6622. Arp put it in his category of spirals with large, high surface brightness companions. While many he considered companions are now known just to be line of sight galaxies that are unrelated. That's not the case here. This pair is located in Draco about 280 million light-years distant. The small southern galaxy is NGC 6621. It is classified as Sa by NED, Sbc by the NGC project and (R)SBa? pec by Seligman. It is thought to be orbiting NGC 6622 and has dawn out the large plume running around NGC 6622. It was discovered by Lewis Swift on June 2, 1885.

NGC 6622 is the large galaxy with the huge plume drawn out by NGC 6621. It is classed as Sb: pec HII;LIRG by NED, Sb/P by the NGC Project and Sb? pec by Seligman. It was discovered by Lewis Swift the same night as he found NGC 6621.

The Hubble Space Telescope has studied this pair. Rather than retype it here's the link: . For those wanting a deeper discussion see: .

14" LX200R @ f/10, L=5x10' RGB=2x10'x3, STL-11000XM, Paramount ME