Atoms-for-Peace: a galactic collision in action*

This new image shows the results of a vast collision between two galaxies. This strange object is known as NGC 7252, or Arp 226, and has the odd nickname Atoms-for-Peace. The picture was taken by the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. It is a combination of exposures taken through blue and red filters, for a total exposure time of more than four hours. The field of view is about 18 arcminutes across.

 

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Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso1044a
Type:Observation
Release date:10 November 2010, 12:00
Related releases:eso1044
Size:4473 x 4536 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 7252
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
• X - Galaxies
Distance:220 million light years
Constellation:Aquarius

Mounted Image

Image Formats

Large JPEG
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Screensize JPEG
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Coordinates

Position (RA):22 20 42.06
Position (Dec):-24° 39' 54.56"
Field of view:17.74 x 17.99 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 1.6° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
R
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

 

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