Colliding Galaxies NGC 4038 and NGC 4039 (ground-based image)

A ground-based telescopic view of the Antennae galaxies (known formally as NGC 4038/4039) - so named because a pair of long tails of luminous matter, formed by the gravitational tidal forces of their encounter, resembles an insect's antennae. The galaxies are located 63 million light-years away in the southern constellation Corvus.


Brad Whitmore (STScI), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

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Release date:21 October 1997, 19:00
Size:1500 x 2073 px

About the Object

Name:Antennae, IRAS 11593-1835, IRAS F11593-1836, NGC 4038, NGC 4039
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
Distance:75 million light years

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Position (RA):12 2 3.53
Position (Dec):-18° 55' 25.80"
Field of view:17.72 x 24.49 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 119.8° left of vertical

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