A Minuet of Galaxies

This troupe of four galaxies, known as Hickson Compact Group 87 (HCG 87), is performing an intricate dance orchestrated by the mutual gravitational forces acting between them. The dance is a slow, graceful minuet, occurring over a time span of hundreds of millions of years.

Credit:

The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA/ESA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9931a
Type:Observation
Release date:2 September 1999, 18:00
Size:1500 x 1470 px

About the Object

Name:HCG 87, Hickson Compact Group 87
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:400 million light years

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555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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675 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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