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April 24, 2008 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2008-16

Cosmic Collisions Galore!

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Image: Hubble Interacting Galaxy AM 0500-620

Hubble Interacting Galaxy AM 0500-620

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ABOUT THIS IMAGE:

AM 0500-620 consists of a highly symmetric spiral galaxy seen nearly face-on and partially backlit by a background galaxy. The foreground spiral galaxy has a number of dust lanes between its arms. The background galaxy was earlier classified as an elliptical galaxy, but Hubble has now revealed a galaxy with dusty spiral arms and bright knots of stars. AM0500-620 is 350 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Dorado, the Swordfish.

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 Name: AM 0500-620

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 0500-620
Object Description: Interacting Galaxies
Position (J2000): 05 00 33.70
-62 04 05.0
Constellation: Dorado
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): March 31, 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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