Hubble Ultraviolet View of Nearby Galaxies

Astronomers are using these three Hubble telescope images of nearby galaxies to help tackle the question of why their distant relatives have such odd shapes, appearing markedly different from the typical 'ellipticals' and 'spirals' seen in the nearby universe. By viewing these galaxies in ultraviolet light, astronomers can compare their shapes with those of their distant relatives. The results of their survey support the idea that astronomers are detecting the 'tip of the iceberg' of very distant galaxies. Based on these Hubble ultraviolet images, not all the faraway galaxies necessarily possess intrinsically odd shapes.

Credit:

Rogier Windhorst (Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ), the Hubble mid-UV team and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0104a
Type:Collage
Release date:11 January 2001, 18:30
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:ESO0418-008, IRAS 03294-3022, IRAS 10356+5345, IRAS 11257+5850, NGC 3310, NGC 3690, UGC 6471, UGC 6472
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : Starburst
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos

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300 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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