Ring of Stellar Wildfire

NGC 1614, captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope,  is an eccentrically-shaped galaxy ablaze with activity. The galaxy resides about 200 million light-years from Earth and is nestled in the southern constellation of Eridanus (The River). 

NGC 1614 is the result of a past galactic merger which created its peculiar appearance. The cosmic collision also drove a turbulent flow of interstellar gas from the smaller of the two galaxies involved  into the nucleus of the larger one, resulting in a burst of star formation which started in the core and slowly spread outwards through the galaxy.

Owing to its turbulent past and its current appearance, astronomers classify NGC 1614 as a peculiar galaxy, a starburst galaxy, and a luminous infrared galaxy. Luminous infrared galaxies are among the most luminous objects in the local Universe — and NGC 1614 is, in fact, the second most luminous galaxy within 250 million light-years.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Adamo

About the Image

Id:potw2032a
Type:Observation
Release date:10 August 2020, 06:00
Size:3384 x 3326 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 1614
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:200 million light years
Constellation:Eridanus
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):4 34 0.05
Position (Dec):-8° 34' 50.27"
Field of view:2.23 x 2.20 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 117.2° left of vertical

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
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435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
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555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
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