Intergalactic Pipeline

This visible-light picture, taken by the Hubble telescope, reveals an intergalactic 'pipeline' of material flowing between two battered galaxies that bumped into each other about 100 million years ago. The pipeline [the dark string of matter] begins in NGC 1410 [the galaxy at left], crosses over 20, 000 light-years of intergalactic space, and wraps around NGC 1409 [the companion galaxy at right] like a ribbon around a package. The galaxies reside about 300 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Taurus.

Credit:

William C. Keel (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0102a
Release date:9 January 2001, 18:30
Size:1147 x 827 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 03386-0127, NGC 1409, NGC 1410
Type:• X - Galaxies Images/Videos

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical Hubble Space Telescope
STIS
Optical
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585 nm Hubble Space Telescope
STIS
Optical
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723 nm Hubble Space Telescope
STIS

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