Freewheeling Galaxies Collide in a Blaze of Star Birth

A dusty spiral galaxy appears to be rotating on edge, like a pinwheel, as it slides through the larger, bright galaxy NGC 1275, in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image.

These images, taken with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), show traces of spiral structure accompanied by dramatic dust lanes and bright blue regions that mark areas of active star formation.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0314a
Type:Observation
Release date:1 May 2003, 06:00
Size:1489 x 2049 px

About the Object

Name:Caldwell 24, NGC 1275, Perseus A
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN : Seyfert
Distance:250 million light years
Constellation:Perseus
Category:Quasars and Black Holes

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Coordinates

Position (RA):3 19 47.35
Position (Dec):41° 31' 0.70"
Field of view:0.82 x 1.13 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 129.3° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
R
702 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
B
450 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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