Hubble Interacting Galaxy NGC 5331 (2008-04-24)



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English: NGC 5331 is a pair of interacting galaxies beginning to hold their arms . There is a blue trail which appears in the image flowing to the right of the system. NGC 5331 is very bright in the infrared, with about a hundred billion times the luminosity of the Sun. It is located in the constellation Virgo, the Maiden, about 450 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 NGC 5331, VV 253, KPG 401
Object description Interacting Galaxies
Position (J2000) 13 52 16.39
+02 06 15.0
Constellation Virgo
Distance 450 million light-years (150 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) December 22, 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/bv/ (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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