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Freewheeling Galaxies Collide in a Blaze of Star Birth

Freewheeling Galaxies Collide in a Blaze of Star Birth


Depicts: NGC 1275, Perseus A, 3C 84, IRAS 03164+4119
Copyright: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

A dusty spiral galaxy appears to be rotating on edge, like a pinwheel, as it slides through the larger, bright galaxy NGC 1275, in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image.

These images, taken with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), show traces of spiral structure accompanied by dramatic dust lanes and bright blue regions that mark areas of active star formation.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
28-Oct-2021 02:45 UT

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