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Peculiar Galaxy Arp 220

Peculiar Galaxy Arp 220

Date: 02 June 1992
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: Arp 220
Copyright: E. Shaya, D. Dowling/U. of Maryland, the WFPC Team, and NASA

A ground-based telescopic photograph of the peculiar galaxy Arp 220 (image taken by K. Borne, H. Levison, and R. Lucas at USNO Flagstaff Station, Arizona) shows a curious double-lobed structure. This structure was first interpreted as two galaxies merging together, until subsequent observations with highly sensitive CCD detectors revealed a dust lane down the center which made the galaxy appear double lobed.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
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