Quasar IRAS 13218+0552

Hubble has captured evidence of a dance between two merging galaxies. The galaxies may have orbited each other several times before merging, leaving distinct loops of glowing gas around quasar IRAS13218+0552. The quasar is 2 billion light-years from Earth. The elongated core in the center of the image may comprise the two nuclei of the merging galaxies.

Credit:

John Bahcall (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton) Mike Disney (University of Wales) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
Id:opo9635a6
Type:Observation
Release date:19 November 1996, 15:00
Size:208 x 208 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 13218+0552, QSO B1321+058
Type:• X - Quasars/AGN/Black Hole Images/Videos
Distance:z=0.205 (redshift)

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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