A rose made of galaxies

This image of a pair of interacting galaxies called Arp 273 was released to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

The distorted shape of the larger of the two galaxies shows signs of tidal interactions with the smaller of the two. It is thought that the smaller galaxy has actually passed through the larger one.

Credit:

NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:heic1107a
Type:Observation
Release date:20 April 2011, 15:00
Related releases:heic1107
Size:7887 x 7994 px

About the Object

Name:ARP 273
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
Distance:300 million light years
Constellation:Andromeda
Category:Galaxies

Image Formats

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Coordinates

Position (RA):2 21 30.37
Position (Dec):39° 21' 51.96"
Field of view:2.63 x 2.66 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 33.8° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Ultraviolet
U
390 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
B
475 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
R
600 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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