Hubble views bizarre cosmic quartet HCG 16

This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows four of the seven members of galaxy group HCG 16.

This quartet is composed of (from left to right) NGC 839, NGC 838, NGC 835, and NGC 833 — four of the seven galaxies that make up the entire group. They shine brightly with their glowing golden centres and wispy tails of gas, set against a background dotted with much more distant galaxies.

This new image uses observations from Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 combined with data from the ESO Multi-Mode Instrument, installed on the European Southern Observatory's New Technology Telescope in Chile.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, ESO

Acknowledgement: Jane Charlton (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

About the Image

Id:heic1514a
Type:Observation
Release date:18 June 2015, 15:00
Related releases:heic1514
Size:9698 x 3651 px

About the Object

Name:HCG 16, NGC 833, NGC 835, NGC 838, NGC 839
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN : Seyfert
Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN : Liner
Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : Starburst
Local Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
Distance:110 million light years
Constellation:Cetus
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):2 9 32.99
Position (Dec):-10° 9' 14.45"
Field of view:8.09 x 3.05 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 23.7° right of vertical

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BandWavelengthTelescope
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450 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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