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November 4, 1999 01:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1999-41

A Grazing Encounter between Two Spiral Galaxies

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object 
Object Name: NGC 2207 and IC 2163
Object Description: Merging Galaxies
Position (J2000): R.A. 06h 16m 24.9s
Dec. -21° 22' 26"
Constellation: Canis Major
Distance: 35 Mpc (114 million light-years)
Diameters: NGC 2207 has a diameter of 143,000 light-years (44 kpc or 4').
IC 2163 has a diameter of 101,000 light-years (31 kpc or 3').

The image is 2.5 arcminutes on the vertical side.

About the Data 
Instrument: WFPC2 
Exposure Dates: May 25, 1996; November 11, 1998
Exposure Time: 4.5 hours
Filters: F336W(U), F439W(B), F555W(V), F814W(I)
Principal Astronomers:

D.M. Elmegreen (Vassar College), B.G. Elmegreen (IBM Research Division), M. Kaufman (Ohio State University), E. Brinks (Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico), C.Struck (Iowa State University), M. Thomasson (Onsala Space Observatory, Sweden), M. Sundin (Götenborg University, Sweden), M. Klaric (Columbia, SC)

About the Image 
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: November 4, 1999 1:00 am EST
Orientation: North is toward the bottom of the image.