The Tinker Bell triplet

Using ESO's Very Large Telescope, an international team of astronomers has discovered a stunning rare case of a triple merger of galaxies. This system, which astronomers have dubbed 'The Bird' - although it also bears resemblance with a cosmic Tinker Bell - is composed of two massive spiral galaxies and a third irregular galaxy.

In this image, a 30-min VLT/NACO K-band exposure has been combined with archive HST/ACS B and I-band images to produce a three-colour image of the 'Bird' interacting galaxy system. The NACO image has allowed astronomers to not only see the two previously known galaxies, but to identify a third, clearly separate component, an irregular, yet fairly massive galaxy that seems to form stars at a frantic rate.

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ESO

Om bildet

ID:eso0755a
Type:Observasjon
Publiseringsdato:21. desember 2007
Relaterte pressemeldinger:eso0755
Størrelse:1246 x 1139 px

Om objektet

Navn:ESO 593-IG 008, The Bird
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
Avstand:650 million lysår
Constellation:Sagittarius
Kategori:Galaxies

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Koordinater

Position (RA):19 14 31.08
Position (Dec):-21° 19' 9.36"
Field of view:0.60 x 0.55 arcminutes
Orientering:Nord er 0.2° til venstre for vertikalen

Farger og filtre

BåndTeleskop
Infrarødt
K
Very Large Telescope
NACO
Optisk
B
Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrarødt
I
Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

 

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