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Colliding Galaxies NGC 4038 and NGC 4039

Colliding Galaxies NGC 4038 and NGC 4039

Depicts: NGC 4038, IRAS 11593-1835, NGC 4039
Copyright: Brad Whitmore (STScI), and NASA

A ground-based telescopic view of the Antennae galaxies (known formally as NGC 4038/4039) - so named because a pair of long tails of luminous matter, formed by the gravitational tidal forces of their encounter, resembles an insect's antennae. The galaxies are located 63 million light-years away in the southern constellation Corvus.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
14-Jun-2024 09:54 UT

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