Seyfert's Sextet, Annotated Image

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is witnessing a grouping of galaxies engaging in a slow dance of destruction that will last for billions of years. The galaxies are so tightly packed together that gravitational forces are beginning to rip stars from them and distort their shapes. Those same gravitational forces eventually could bring the galaxies together to form one large galaxy.

Credit:

NASA/ESA, J. English (U. Manitoba), S. Hunsberger, S. Zonak, J. Charlton, S. Gallagher (PSU), and L. Frattare (STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0222b
Type:Observation
Release date:12 December 2002, 06:00
Size:550 x 550 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 6027, Seyfert's Sextet
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:200 million light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Ultraviolet
U
336 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
B
439 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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