A Minuet of Galaxies
Depicts: HCG 87
Copyright: The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA)
This troupe of four galaxies, known as Hickson Compact Group 87 (HCG 87), is performing an intricate dance orchestrated by the mutual gravitational forces acting between them. The dance is a slow, graceful minuet, occurring over a time span of hundreds of millions of years.
Last Update: 1 September 2019