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December 12, 2002 12:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2002-22

Hubble Watches Galaxies Engage in Dance of Destruction

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Seyfert's Sextet, HCG 79, NGC 6027
Object Description: Galaxy Group
Position (J2000): R.A. 15h 59m 12s
Dec. +20° 45' 31"
Constellation: Serpens (Caput)
Distance: 190 million light-years (58 megaparsecs)
Dimensions: This image is roughly 2.1 arcminutes (35 kpc or 114,000 light-years) in the vertical direction.
About the Data
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): June 26, 2000
Exposure Time: 4.1 hours
Principal Astronomers: C. Palma, S. G. Zonak, S. Hunsberger, J. Charlton, S. C. Gallagher, P. Durrell (PSU), and J. English (U. Manitoba)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, J. English (U. Manitoba), S. Hunsberger, S. G. Zonak, J. Charlton, and S. C. Gallagher (PSU)
Release Date: December 12, 2002
Filters: F336W (U), F439W (B), F555W (V) ; F814W (I)
Orientation: Seyfert's Sextet: Four Colliding Galaxies, and Two Bystanders