NGC 5754

This beautiful pair of interacting galaxies consists of NGC 5754, the large spiral on the top and NGC 5752, the smaller companion in the bottom left corner of the image. NGC 5754's internal structure has hardly been disturbed by the interaction. The outer structure does exhibit tidal features, as does the symmetry of the inner spiral pattern and the kinked arms just beyond its inner ring. In contrast, NGC 5752 has undergone a starburst episode, with a rich population of massive and luminous star clusters clumping around the core and intertwined with intricate dust lanes. The contrasting reactions of the two galaxies to their interaction are due to their differing masses and sizes. NGC 5754 is located in the constellation Boötes, the Herdsman, some 200 million light-years away.

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 W. Keel (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa)

About the Image

Id:heic0810bt
Type:Observation
Release date:24 April 2008, 15:00
Related releases:heic0810
Size:2371 x 2371 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 5754
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:200 million light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
Pseudogreen (B+I)
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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