Hubble scores a perfect ten

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is back in business. Just a couple of days after the orbiting observatory was brought back online, Hubble aimed its prime working camera, the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), at a particularly intriguing target, a pair of gravitationally interacting galaxies called Arp 147.

The two galaxies happen to be oriented so that they appear to mark the number 10. The left-most galaxy, or the "one" in this image, is relatively undisturbed, apart from a smooth ring of starlight. It appears nearly edge-on to our line of sight. The right-most galaxy, the "zero" of the pair, exhibits a clumpy, blue ring of intense star formation.

Credit:

NASA, ESA and M. Livio (STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:heic0820a
Type:Observation
Release date:30 October 2008, 14:00
Related releases:heic0820
Size:1457 x 1201 px

About the Object

Name:Arp 147
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:450 million light years

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
450 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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