Hubble Interacting Galaxy 2MASX J09133888-1019196 (2008-04-24)



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Description 2MASX J09133888-1019196 comprises two interacting galaxies that are both disturbed by gravitational interaction. The wide separation of the pair - approximately 130,000 light-years - suggests that the galaxies are just beginning to merge. Together the two galaxies form an ultra-luminous infrared system, which is unusual for the early stages of an interaction. One possible explanation is that the one or both of the components have already experienced a merger or interaction. Giant black holes lurk at the cores of both galaxies, which are found in the constellation of Hydra, the Sea Serpent, about 700 million light-years away from Earth.

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.

About the object
Object name 2MASX J09133888-1019196, IRAS F09111-1007
Object description Interacting Galaxies
Position (J2000) 09 13 39.00
+10 19 20.3
Constellation Hydra
Distance 700 million light-years (200 million parsecs)
About the data
Data description The Hubble image was created using HST data from proposal 10592: A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University)
Instrument ACS/WFC
Exposure date(s) October 31, 2001
Exposure time 33 minutes
Filters F435W (B) and F814W (I)
Date 24 April 2008(2008-04-24)
Source http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2008/16/image/am/ (direct link)
Author NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University)
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Public domain This file is in the public domain because it was created by NASA and ESA. Hubble material is copyright-free and may be freely used as in the public domain without fee, on the condition that NASA and ESA is credited as the source of the material. The material was created for NASA by Space Telescope Science Institute and for ESA by the Hubble European Space Agency Information Centre under Contract NAS5-26555. Copyright statement at hubblesite.org or copyright statement at spacetelescope.org.
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