Odd Couple Widely Separated by Time and Space

Appearances can be deceiving. In this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image, an odd celestial duo, the spiral galaxy NGC 4319 [center] and a quasar called Markarian 205 [upper right], appear to be neighbors. In reality, the two objects don't even live in the same city. They are separated by time and space. NGC 4319 is 80 million light-years from Earth. Markarian 205 (Mrk 205) is more than 14 times farther away, residing 1 billion light-years from Earth. The apparent close alignment of Mrk 205 and NGC 4319 is simply a matter of chance.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0223a
Type:Observation
Release date:3 October 2002, 06:00
Size:1078 x 1072 px

About the Object

Name:Mrk205, NGC 4319, QSO B1219+7535
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• Early Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN : Quasar
Constellation:Draco

Image Formats

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Coordinates

Position (RA):12 21 47.75
Position (Dec):75° 19' 29.65"
Field of view:1.79 x 1.78 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 120.2° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
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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