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News Release 288 of 1051

August 5, 2010 11:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2010-25

A Galactic Spectacle

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About the Object
Object Name: NGC 4038/4039, Antennae Galaxies
Object Description: Interacting Galaxies
Position (J2000): R.A. 12h 01m 53s.18
Dec. -18° 52' 52 ".4
Constellation: Corvus
Distance: 60 million light-years (19 megaparsecs)
Dimensions: The composite image of the Antennae Galaxies is 34 arcminutes (59,000 light-years or 18,000 parsecs) wide.
About the Spitzer Data
Data Description: The Spitzer Space Telescope data were courtesy of NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Z. Wang (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA).
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Exposure Date(s): December 24, 2003
Filters: 8.0 microns
About the Hubble Data
Data Description: The Hubble component was from the HST proposal 10188: B. Whitmore (STScI) et al.
Instrument: ACS/WFC
Exposure Date(s): July 21, 2004 and February 16, 2005
Exposure Time: 4.9 hours
Filters: F435W (B), F550M (y), and F814W (I)
About the Chandra Data
Data Description: The science team was led by J. DePasquale. Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/SAO/J. DePasquale.
Instrument: ACIS
Exposure Date(s): December 1999 - July 2002
Energies: 0.45 - 8 keV
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, SAO, CXC, JPL-Caltech, and STScI
Release Date: August 5, 2010
Color: This image is a composite of many separate exposures made by the NASA Great Observatories. The color results from assigning different hues (colors) to each monochromatic image. In this case, the assigned colors are:
Chandra X-ray Observatory X-ray blue
Hubble Space Telescope Optical/Visible yellow
Spitzer Space Telescope Infrared red