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About this Object

Object Name:

NGC 3314a (foreground spiral)
NGC 3314b (background spiral)

Object Description:

Back-lit Galaxy Pair

Position (J2000):

RA 10h 37m 13s
De.c -27 41´ 04´´



Distance to the galaxies:

The distance to NGC 3314a is roughly 117 million light-years (35 Mpc).The distance to NGC 3314b is roughly 140 million light years (42 Mpc).

Distance between the galaxies:

The two galaxies are roughly 5 - 8 Mpc apart.


13.5 (B); 12.8 (V)


The dimensions of the pair are 1.0 by 1.7 arcminutes (12 by 21 kpc).

About the Data



Exposure Dates:

April 4, 1999; March 10, 2000

Exposure Time:

2.6 hours


F450W (Wide B), F555W (V), F675W (R), F814W (I)


Chromatically Ordered

Principal Astronomers:

Hubble Heritage Team: K. Noll, H. Bond, C. Christian, J. English, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton and Z. Levay (STScI/AURA).

W. Keel and R. White, III (U. Alabama).


About this Image

Image Credit:

NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Release Date:

May 11, 2000 1:00 a.m. (EDT)


North is to the right of the image.