The Impending Destruction of NGC 1427A

What happens when a galaxy falls in with the wrong crowd? The irregular galaxy NGC 1427A is a spectacular example of the resulting stellar rumble. Under the gravitational grasp of a large gang of galaxies, called the Fornax cluster, the small bluish galaxy is plunging headlong into the group at 600 kilometers per second or nearly 400 miles per second.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA

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About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0509a
Type:Observation
Release date:3 March 2005, 15:00
Size:3377 x 3808 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 1427A
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Type : Variable : Irregular
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
Distance:50 million light years
Constellation:Eridanus

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Coordinates

Position (RA):3 40 9.41
Position (Dec):-35° 37' 17.74"
Field of view:2.81 x 3.17 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 115.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
475 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
R
625 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
775 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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