Galaxy Collision in NGC 6745

What appears as a bird's head, leaning over to snatch up a tasty meal, is a striking example of a galaxy collision in NGC 6745. A large spiral galaxy, with its nucleus still intact, peers at the smaller passing galaxy (nearly out of the field of view at lower right), while a bright blue beak and bright whitish-blue top feathers show the distinct path taken during the smaller galaxy's journey. These galaxies did not merely interact gravitationally as they passed one another, they actually collided.

Credit:

Roger Lynds (KPNO/NOAO), NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA).

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0034a
Type:Observation
Release date:2 November 2000, 07:00
Size:755 x 726 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 19000+4040, NGC 6745
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:200 million light years
Constellation:Lyra

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Coordinates

Position (RA):19 1 40.67
Position (Dec):40° 44' 48.62"
Field of view:1.25 x 1.20 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 145.5° left of vertical

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
U
336 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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