Hubble image of PGC 6240

The beautiful, petal-like shells of galaxy PGC 6240 are captured here in intricate detail by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, set against a sky full of distant background galaxies. PGC 6240 is an elliptical galaxy approximately 350 000 000 light years away in the southern constellation of Hydrus (The Water Snake). It is orbited by a number of globular clusters that contain both young and old stars — thought to be a result of a galactic merger in the recent past. 

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA
Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt 

About the Image

Id:heic1318a
Type:Observation
Release date:10 October 2013, 14:00
Related releases:heic1318
Size:3448 x 3477 px

About the Object

Name:PGC 6240
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:350 million light years

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
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814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
B
475 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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