Distant view of a galactic crash — NGC 4490 and NGC 4485 (ground-based image)

This ground-based image shows the large galaxy NGC 4490 and the irregular galaxy NGC 4485 — above the larger galaxy in the centre of the image — it is interacting with.

Both galaxies are connected with each other through a stream of material about 25 000 light-years long. The stream is made up of bright knots and huge pockets of gassy regions, as well as enormous regions of star formation in which young, massive, blue stars are born.

Having already made their closest approach, NGC 4485 and NGC 4490 are now moving away from each other.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, Digitized Sky Survey 2 (Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin)

About the Image

Id:heic1910b
Type:Observation
Release date:16 May 2019, 16:00
Related releases:heic1910
Size:10416 x 8244 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 4485, NGC 4490
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Irregular
Constellation:Canes Venatici
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):12 30 33.38
Position (Dec):41° 40' 17.91"
Field of view:175.05 x 138.55 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 1.2° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
467 nm Digitized Sky Survey 2
Optical
R
660 nm Digitized Sky Survey 2
Optical
i
797 nm Digitized Sky Survey 2

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