UGC 5101

UGC 5101 is a peculiar galaxy with a single nucleus contained within an unstructured main body that suggests a recent interaction and merger. NGC 5101 is thought to contain an active galactic nucleus - an extremely bright, compact core - buried deep in the gas and dust. A pronounced tail extends diagonally to the top-left of the frame. A fainter halo of stars surrounds the galaxy and is visible in the image, due to Hubble's ability to collect and detect faint light. This halo is probably a result of the earlier collision. UCG 5101 is about 550 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.

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:heic0810br
Type:Observation
Release date:24 April 2008, 15:00
Related releases:heic0810
Size:2936 x 2936 px

About the Object

Name:UGC 5101
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:500 million light years

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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