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MCG+12-02-001

MCG+12-02-001


Date: 24 April 2008
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: LEDA 3183, MCG+12-02-001
Copyright: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University)

MCG+12-02-001 consists of a pair of galaxies visibly affected by gravitational interaction as material is flung out in opposite directions. A large galaxy can be seen in the upper half of the frame and a smaller galaxy resembling an erupting volcano is in the lower half. The bright core of this galaxy emerges from the summit of the "volcano".

MCG+12-02-001 is a luminous infrared system that radiates with more than a hundred thousand million times the luminosity of our Sun. It is located some 200 million light-years away from Earth toward the constellation of Cassiopeia, the Seated Queen.

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
24-Sep-2021 18:18 UT

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