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March 3, 2005 09:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2005-09

The Impending Destruction of NGC 1427A

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About the Object
Object Name: NGC 1427A
Object Description: Dwarf Irregular Galaxy
Position (J2000): R.A. 03h 40m 09.0s
Dec. 35° 37' 34"
Constellation: Fornax
Distance: The galaxy is roughly 62 million light-years (19 Megaparsecs) away.
Dimensions: This image is 2.8 arcminutes (51,000 light-years or 16,000 parsecs) wide.
About the Data
Data Description: These data are from the HST program 9689: M. Gregg (Univ. Calif - Davis and Inst. for Geophysics and Planetary Physics and Lawrence Livermore Natl. Lab.), M. Drinkwater (Univ. Queensland, Australia), and B. Holden (Univ. Calif.- Davis). Other collaborators include M. Hilker (Astronomical Institutes of Bonn Univ.) and J. Chaname (Ohio State Univ.).
Instrument: ACS/WFC
Exposure Date(s): January 9, 2003
Exposure Time: 2.4 hours
Filters: F475W (SDSS g), F625W (SDSS r), F660N ([N II]), F775W (SDSS i), F850LP (SDSS z)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: March 3, 2005
Orientation: Galaxy NGC 1427A Plunges Toward the Fornax Galaxy Cluster