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NGC 17

NGC 17


Date: 24 April 2008
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: NGC 17
Copyright: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University)

This galaxy features a single nucleus, containing a blue central disc with delicate fine structure in the outer parts and tidal tails indicative of two former disc galaxies. At present these galaxies appear to have completed their merger. The remnant shows clear signs that the merger was gas-rich and accompanied by a starburst. NGC 17 is gas-rich and can sustain its strong central starburst and present mild central activity for some time to come.

NGC 17 is located about 250 million light-years away in the constellation of Cetus, the Whale.

This image is part of a large collection of 59 images of merging galaxies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and released on the occasion of its 18th anniversary on 24 April 2008.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
26-Sep-2021 16:39 UT

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