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IRAS F10566+2448

IRAS F10566+2448


Date: 24 April 2008
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: LEDA 33083, IRAS 10566+2448
Copyright: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University)

IRAS F10565+2448 is a system that appears to consist of two colliding galaxies. The larger galaxy has dust lanes, while the smaller galaxy has a pronounced curved tail that has been pulled away from the centre (downwards as seen here). IRAS F10565+2448 is located in the constellation of Leo, the Lion, about 600 million light-years away.

Some scientists regard this system as a candidate for a three-galaxy system. The nature of the third object is unknown.

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 24th April 2008.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
28-Oct-2021 02:56 UT

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