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May 11, 2000 01:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2000-14

Hubble Heritage Program Wins Photography Award

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About this Object 
Object Name:

NGC 3314a (foreground spiral)
NGC 3314b (background spiral)

Object Description: Back-lit Galaxy Pair
Position (J2000): RA 10h 37m 13s
De.c -27° 41' 04''
Constellation: Hydra
Distance to the galaxies:

The distance to NGC 3314a is roughly 117 million light-years (35 Mpc).The distance to NGC 3314b is roughly 140 million light years (42 Mpc).

Distance between the galaxies: The two galaxies are roughly 5 - 8 Mpc apart.

13.5 (B); 12.8 (V)


The dimensions of the pair are 1.0 by 1.7 arcminutes (12 by 21 kpc).

About the Data 
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Dates: April 4, 1999; March 10, 2000
Exposure Time: 2.6 hours
Filters: F450W (Wide B), F555W (V), F675W (R), F814W (I)
Principal Astronomers:

Hubble Heritage Team: K. Noll, H. Bond, C. Christian, J. English, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton and Z. Levay (STScI/AURA)

W. Keel and R. White, III (U. Alabama)

About this Image 
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: May 11, 2000 1:00 a.m. (EDT)
Orientation: North is to the right of the image.