ESO 239-IG002

ESO239 is most likely the result of a cosmic collision or a lengthy merger process that will eventually result in an elliptical galaxy. The messy intermediate stage, captured here, is a galaxy with long, tangled tidal tails that envelope the galaxy's core.

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.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University)

About the Image

Id:heic0810bc
Type:Observation
Release date:24 April 2008, 15:00
Related releases:heic0810
Size:3253 x 3253 px

About the Object

Name:ESO 239-2
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
Distance:550 million light years
Constellation:Grus

Image Formats

Large JPEG
3.5 MB
Screensize JPEG
207.2 KB

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Coordinates

Position (RA):22 49 39.97
Position (Dec):-48° 50' 59.72"
Field of view:2.70 x 2.70 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 70.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
Pseudogreen (B+I)
Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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