The Cartwheel Galaxy

A rare and spectacular head-on collision between two galaxies appears in this Hubble Space Telescope true-color image of the Cartwheel Galaxy, located 500 million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor. The new details of star birth resolved by Hubble provide an opportunity to study how extremely massive stars are born in large fragmented gas clouds.

Credit:

Kirk Borne (ST ScI), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9502b
Type:Observation
Release date:10 January 1995, 23:00
Size:641 x 523 px

About the Object

Name:Cartwheel Galaxy
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Lenticular
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:400 million light years
Constellation:Sculptor

Colours & filters

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

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