A Gallery of 'Tadpole Galaxies'

These postage-stamp-size images reveal 36 young galaxies caught in the act of merging with other galaxies. These galaxies appear as they existed many billions of years ago. Astronomers have dubbed them "tadpole galaxies" because of their distinct knot-and-tail shapes, which suggest that they are engaging in galactic mergers.

Credit:

NASA, A. Straughn, S. Cohen, and R. Windhorst (Arizona State University), and the HUDF team ( Space Telescope Science Institute

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About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0604a
Type:Observation
Release date:10 January 2006, 16:30
Size:1608 x 711 px

About the Object

Name:Hubble Ultra Deep Field, Tadpole Galaxy
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy
• Early Universe : Cosmology : Morphology : Deep Field
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
• X - Cosmology Images/Videos

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
775 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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