A Collision in the Heart of a Galaxy

The Hubble Space Telescope's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer(NICMOS) has uncovered a collision between two spiral galaxies in the heart of the peculiar galaxy called Arp 220. The collision has provided the spark for a burst of star formation.

Credit:

Rodger Thompson, Marcia Rieke, Glenn Schneider (University of Arizona) and Nick Scoville (California Institute of Technology), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9717a
Type:Observation
Release date:9 June 1997, 18:45
Size:359 x 359 px

About the Object

Name:Arp 220
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:250 million light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
J
1.1 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS
Infrared
K
2.2 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS

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