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UGC 5101

UGC 5101

Date: 24 April 2008
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: UGC 5101
Copyright: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University)

UGC 5101 is a peculiar galaxy with a single nucleus contained within an unstructured main body that suggests a recent interaction and merger. NGC 5101 is thought to contain an active galactic nucleus - an extremely bright, compact core - buried deep in the gas and dust. A pronounced tail extends diagonally to the top-left of the frame. A fainter halo of stars surrounds the galaxy and is visible in the image, due to Hubble's ability to collect and detect faint light. This halo is probably a result of the earlier collision. UCG 5101 is about 550 million light-years away from Earth.

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
18-Jul-2024 01:30 UT

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