2MASXJ09133888-1019196

2MASXJ09133888-1019196 comprises two interacting galaxies that are both disturbed by gravitational interaction. The wide separation of the pair -approximately 130,000 light-years - suggests that the galaxies are just beginning to merge. Together the two galaxies form an ultraluminous infrared system, which is unusual for the early stages of an interaction. One possible explanation is that the one or both of the components have already experienced a merger or interaction. Giant black holes lurk at the cores of both galaxies, which are found in the constellation of Hydra, the Sea Serpent, about 700 million light-years away from Earth.

This image is part of a large collection of 59 images of merging galaxies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and released on the occasion of its 18th anniversary on 24th April 2008.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University)

About the Image

Id:heic0810be
Type:Observation
Release date:24 April 2008, 15:00
Related releases:heic0810
Size:2887 x 2887 px

About the Object

Name:2MASX J09133888-1019196
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:700 million light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
Pseudogreen (B+I)
Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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