Pan across NGC 5256

This video pans over NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope observations of the galaxy NGC 5256, about 350 million light-years from Earth. The galaxy is actually the result of two galaxies merging: the pan shows that the galaxy is composed of two disc galaxies whirling around each other in the last stage of a cosmic collision. In the process the gas from within the galaxies — coloured in red in this image — is thrown into space and performs a slow dance around the merging galactic nuclei.

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ESA/Hubble, NASA

About the Video

Id:heic1720b
Release date:14 December 2017, 16:00
Related releases:heic1720
Duration:30 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:NGC 5256
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
Category:Galaxies

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