Hubble Interacting Galaxy ESO 239-2

Hubble Interacting Galaxy ESO 239-2

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News release ID: STScI-2008-16
Release Date: Apr 24, 2008
Image Use: Copyright
About this image

ESO 239-2 is most likely the result of a cosmic collision or a lengthy merger process that will eventually result in an elliptical galaxy. The messy intermediate stage, captured here, is a galaxy with long, tangled tidal tails that envelope the galaxy's core.

This image is part of a large collection of 59 images of merging galaxies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and released on the occasion of its 18th anniversary on 24th April 2008.

Galaxies, Hubble Heritage, Interacting Galaxies, Observations


NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University)