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September 2, 1999 12:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1999-31

A Minuet of Galaxies

Technical facts about this news release:

About this Object 
Object Name: Hickson Compact Group 87 • HCG 87
Object Description: Cluster of Interacting Galaxies
Position (J2000): R.A. 20h 48m 11.9s
Dec. -19° 50' 26"
Constellation: Capricornus (Capricorn)
Distance: 120 Mpc (roughly 400 million light-years)
Dimensions: The galaxy group has a diameter of 52 kpc (170,000 light-years).
About the Data 
Instrument: WFPC2 
Exposure Dates: July 19-25, 1999
Exposure Time: 6.6 hours
Filters: F450(B), F555W(V), F675W(R), F814W(I)
Principal Astronomers:

J. Charlton (PSU), S. Hunsberger (Lowell Obs.), F. Hamilton, H. Bond, C. Christian, J. English, L. Frattare, A. Kinney, Z. Levay, K. Noll (The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA))

About this Image 
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: September 2, 1999 12:00 pm EDT
Orientation: North is toward the upper left of the image.