Hubble's newest camera takes a deep look at two merging galaxies
Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), the newest camera on NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, has captured a spectacular pair of galaxies engaged in a celestial dance of cat and mouse or, in this case, mouse and mouse.
Located 300 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices, the colliding galaxies have been nicknamed "The Mice" because of the long tails of stars and gas emanating from each galaxy. Otherwise known as NGC 4676, the pair will eventually merge into a single giant galaxy.
About the Image
|Release date:||30 April 2002, 15:00|
|Size:||3857 x 2893 px|
About the Object
|Name:||Mice Galaxies, NGC 4676|
|Type:||• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting|
• Galaxies Images/Videos
|Distance:||300 million light years|
Colours & filters
|475 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|606 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|804 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|