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NGC4038/4039

The Antennae galaxies (NGC4038/4039) in approx. 50 million light years distance are undergoing a galactic collision.
Located in the NGC 4038 group with five other galaxies, these two galaxies are known as the Antennae Galaxies because the two long tails of stars, gas and dust ejected from the galaxies as a result of the collision resemble an insect's antennae. The nuclei of the two galaxies are joining to become one giant galaxy.
Most galaxies probably undergo at least one significant collision in their lifetimes. This is likely the future of our Milky Way when it will collide with the Andromeda Galaxy.
See a high resolution Hubble image of the center of this galaxy pair here.

Image data:
LRGB (500-60-60-60 min) total 11,3 h, seeing 0.8-1.3 arc-sec, North is down

80cm f/7 Astrooptik Keller cassegrain, FLI Proline 16803, Baader Filters, Prompt 7 CTIO/Chile,

Acquisition: Philipp Keller, Konstantin Buchhold, Johannes Schedler
Processing: Johannes Schedler

See the full frame image in 25/80% size below:

NGC4038/4039

See a center crop image of the galactic nuclei in 100% size below:

NGC4038/4039 center

Last modified on Thursday, 30 October 2014 12:29

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