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