Galaxy Silhouettes

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a rare alignment between two spiral galaxies. The outer rim of a small, foreground galaxy is silhouetted in front of a larger background galaxy. Skeletal tentacles of dust can be seen extending beyond the small galaxy's disk of starlight. From ground-based telescopes, the two galaxies look like a single blob. But the Advanced Camera's sharp "eye" distinguished the blob as two galaxies, cataloged as 2MASX J00482185-2507365. The images were taken on 19 September, 2006.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0833a
Type:Observation
Release date:16 September 2008, 15:00
Size:975 x 958 px

About the Object

Name:2MASX J00482185-2507365, LEDA 198197
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:800 million light years
Constellation:Sculptor

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Coordinates

Position (RA):0 48 21.70
Position (Dec):-25° 7' 38.68"
Field of view:0.79 x 0.78 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.5° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
475 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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