Return to Heritage Home Page Current Image Gallery Archive Information Center Hubble Art Search
Return to Heritage Home Page Current Release Home Page Caption Fast Facts Biographies Supplemental Material
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´´

Constellation:

Hydra

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.

Magnitude:

13.5 (B); 12.8 (V)

Dimensions:

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

About the Data

Instrument:

WFPC2

Exposure Dates:

April 4, 1999; March 10, 2000

Exposure Time:

2.6 hours

Filters:

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

Colors:

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)

Orientation/Scale:

North is to the right of the image.