A Collision in the Heart of a Galaxy
Depicts: Arp 220, IC 1127, IRAS 15327+2340, APG 220
Copyright: Rodger Thompson, Marcia Rieke, Glenn Schneider (University of Arizona) and Nick Scoville (California Institute of Technology), and NASA
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The Hubble Space Telescope's Near Infrared Camera and
Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) has uncovered a collision between two spiral galaxies in the heart of the peculiar galaxy called Arp 220. The collision has provided the spark for a burst of star formation.
Last Update: 1 September 2019