The Cartwheel Galaxy

Located 500 million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor, the galaxy looks like a wagon wheel. The galaxy's nucleus is the bright object in the center of the image; the spoke-like structures are wisps of material connecting the nucleus to the outer ring of young stars. The galaxy's unusual configuration was created by a nearly head-on collision with a smaller galaxy about 200 million years ago.

Credit:

Curt Struck and Philip Appleton (Iowa State University), Kirk Borne (Hughes STX Corporation), and Ray Lucas ( Space Telescope Science Institute), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
Id:opo9636a1
Type:Observation
Release date:26 November 1996, 06:00
Size:363 x 444 px

About the Object

Name:Cartwheel Galaxy
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Lenticular
Distance:400 million light years
Constellation:Sculptor

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Coordinates

Position (RA):0 37 40.41
Position (Dec):-33° 42' 57.59"
Field of view:1.21 x 1.47 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 52.6° left of vertical

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