A Grazing Encounter Between two Spiral Galaxies

In the direction of the constellation Canis Major, two spiral galaxies pass by each other like majestic ships in the night. The near-collision has been caught in images taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and its Wide Field Planetary Camera 2.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9941a
Type:Observation
Release date:4 November 1999, 07:00
Size:2907 x 1486 px

About the Object

Name:IC 2163, NGC 2207
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:55
Constellation:Canis Major


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Coordinates

Position (RA):6 16 25.10
Position (Dec):-21° 22' 34.62"
Field of view:4.82 x 2.47 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 168.4° right of vertical
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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Ultraviolet
U
336 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
B
439 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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