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April 24, 2008 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2008-16

Cosmic Collisions Galore!


Image: Hubble Interacting Galaxy AM 1316-241

Hubble Interacting Galaxy AM 1316-241

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AM 1316-241 is made up of two interacting galaxies - a spiral galaxy (on the left of the frame) in front of an elliptical galaxy (on the right of the frame). The starlight from the background galaxy is partially obscured by the bands and filaments of dust associated with the foreground spiral galaxy. The Hubble image unravels the fine detail in the patchy clumps of dust confined to the spiral arms of the spiral galaxy. This dust reddens the light from the background just as the intervening dust in the Earth's atmosphere reddens sunsets here. AM1316-241 is located some 400 million light-years away toward the constellation of Hydra, the Water Snake.

This image is part of a large collection of 59 images of merging galaxies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and released on the occasion of its 18th anniversary on 24th April 2008.

Object Names: AM 1316-241, ESO 508-45

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and W. Keel (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa)

Technical facts about this image:

About the Object
Object Name: AM 1316-241, ESO 508-45
Object Description: Interacting Galaxies
Position (J2000): 13 19 32.90
-24 29 20.0
Constellation: Hydra
Distance: 350 million light-years (100 million parsecs)
About the Data
Data Description: The Hubble image was created using HST data from proposal 6438: W. Keel (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa)
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): July 18, 1997
Exposure Time: 1.3 hours
Filters: F435W (B) and F814W (I)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and W. Keel (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa)
Release Date: April 24, 2008


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