Peculiar galaxy NGC 3256

This image, taken with the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) and the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), both installed on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the peculiar galaxy NGC 3256. The galaxy is about 100 million light-years from Earth and is the result of a past galactic merger, which created its distorted appearance. As such, NGC 3256 provides an ideal target to investigate starbursts that have been triggered by galaxy mergers.

Another image of NGC 3256 was already released in 2008, as part of a collection of interacting galaxies, created for Hubble’s 18th birthday.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble, NASA

About the Image

Id:heic1811a
Type:Observation
Release date:31 May 2018, 16:00
Related releases:heic1811
Size:3948 x 3978 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 3256
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
Distance:100 million light years
Constellation:Vela
Category:Galaxies

Image Formats

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6.1 MB
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Coordinates

Position (RA):10 27 52.83
Position (Dec):-43° 54' 11.47"
Field of view:3.29 x 3.31 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 95.2° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
H Alpha +[N II ]
665 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
H Alpha +[N II ]
665 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
SII
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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