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September 16, 2008 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2008-33

Galaxy Silhouettes

A Hubble Heritage Release

September 16, 2008: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a rare alignment between two spiral galaxies. The outer rim of a small, foreground galaxy is silhouetted in front of a larger background galaxy. Skeletal tentacles of dust can be seen extending beyond the small galaxy's disk of starlight. From ground-based telescopes, the two galaxies look like a single blob. But the Advanced Camera's sharp "eye" distinguished the blob as two galaxies, cataloged as 2MASX J00482185-2507365. The images were taken on Sept. 19, 2006.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Acknowledgment: B. Holwerda (Space Telescope Science Institute) and J. Dalcanton (University of Washington)