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May 1, 2003 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2003-14

Freewheeling Galaxies Collide in a Blaze of Star Birth

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: NGC 1275, Perseus A, 3C 84
Object Description: Active Galaxy
Position (J2000): R.A. 03h 19m 48.16s
Dec. +41° 30' 42.1"
Constellation: Perseus
Distance: About 235 million light-years (72 Megaparsecs)
Dimensions: The image is roughly 0.9 arcminutes (61,000 light-years or 19 kiloparsecs) across.
About the Data
Data Description: These data are from the HST proposals 6228 by J. Trauger (JPL) and J. Holtzman (NMSU) and 9250 by K. Noll, H. Bond, C. Christian, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton, Z. Levay, T. Royle (Hubble Heritage Team/STScI/AURA) and collaborators M. Donahue, J. Mack and M. Voit (STScI).
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): November 16, 1995; November 6/15, 2001
Exposure Time: 4 hours
Filters: F450W (Wide B), F702W (Wide R), F814W (I)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: May 1, 2003
Orientation: Freewheeling Galaxies Collide in a Blaze of Star Birth (NGC 1275)