An ongoing cosmic collision

NGC 5256 is a pair of galaxies in its final stage of merging. It was previously observed by Hubble as part of a collection of 59 images of merging galaxies, released on Hubble’s 18th anniversary on 24 April 2008. The new data make the gas and dust being whirled around inside and outside the galaxy more visible than ever before.

This image is composed of data gathered with the Advanced Camera for Surveys and the Wide-Field Camera 3.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble, NASA

About the Image

Id:heic1720a
Type:Observation
Release date:14 December 2017, 16:00
Related releases:heic1720
Size:2712 x 2712 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 5256
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
Distance:350 million light years
Constellation:Ursa Major
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):13 38 17.78
Position (Dec):48° 16' 33.21"
Field of view:2.26 x 2.26 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 28.7° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
SII
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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