Arp 272 is a remarkable collision between two spiral galaxies, NGC 6050 and IC 1179, and is part of the Hercules Galaxy Cluster, located in the constellation of Hercules. The galaxy cluster is part of the Great Wall of clusters and superclusters, the largest known structure in the Universe. The two spiral galaxies are linked by their swirling arms. Arp 272 is located some 450 million light-years away from Earth.
This image is part of a large collection of 59 images of merging galaxies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and released on the occasion of its 18th anniversary on 24th April 2008.
NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration and K. Noll (STScI)
About the Image
|Release date:||24 April 2008, 15:00|
|Size:||1052 x 1052 px|
About the Object
|Name:||Arp 272, IC 1179, NGC 6050|
|Type:||• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral|
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
• Galaxies Images/Videos
|Distance:||450 million light years|
Colours & filters
|450 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|555 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|814 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|