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News Release 209 of 1051

June 14, 2012 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2012-29

Chance Alignment Between Galaxies Mimics a Cosmic Collision


Video: NGC 3314 Zoom Sequence

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This video begins with an image of the whole night sky, before zooming in to the constellation of Hydra and the curious pair of galaxies catalogued as NGC 3314. These two galaxies are actually separated by around 20 million light years, even if from our vantage point they look like they are in the midst of a collision. The video ends with detailed Hubble observations of the two galaxies.

Credit: NASA, ESA, Digitized Sky Survey 2, N. Risinger (, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI-AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Selected still images from this video (click to enlarge):

Release Videos

NGC 3314 Zoom Sequence Running Time: 55 seconds
NGC 3314A and NGC 3314B Pan Sequence Running Time: 55 seconds