Cartwheel Galaxy Region
The Cartwheel is part of a group of four galaxies, as shown in this collage of images from ground-based optical and radio telescopes and the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2.
Located 500 million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor, the galaxy (located near the bottom right corner) looks like a wagon wheel. The galaxy's nucleus is the bright object in the center; the spokes 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.
Curt Struck and Philip Appleton (Iowa State University), Kirk Borne (Hughes STX Corporation), and Ray Lucas ( Space Telescope Science Institute), Jim Higdon (Australia Telescope National Facility's Paul Wild Observatory), Victor Blanco (Cerro Tololo)
About the Image
|Release date:||26 November 1996, 06:00|
|Size:||1203 x 1697 px|
About the Object
|Name:||Cartwheel Galaxy, IRAS 00352-3359|
|Type:||• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Lenticular|
• Galaxies Images/Videos
|Distance:||400 million light years|