About the Image
About the Object
- NGC 4038 • NGC 4039
- 60,000,000 Light Years
|Optical||435 nm||HST WFC|
|Optical||550 nm||HST WFC|
|Optical||814 nm||HST WFC|
|X-ray||1.5 keV||Chandra ACIS|
|Infrared||8.0 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
- Position (J2000)
- RA = 12h 1m 53.0s
- Dec = -18° 52' 59.5"
- Field of View
- 3.4 x 3.4 arcminutes
- North is 31.0° right of vertical
Takes Two Antenna Galaxies to Tangle
A new image of two tangled galaxies has been released by NASA's Great Observatories. The Antennae galaxies, located about 62 million light-years from Earth, are shown in this composite image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), the Hubble Space Telescope (gold and brown), and the Spitzer Space Telescope (red). The Antennae galaxies take their name from the long antenna-like arms seen in wide-angle views of the system. These features were produced in the collision.
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