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About this Object

Object Name:

NGC 4038/4039, Antennae Galaxy

Object Description:

Interacting Galaxy

Position (J2000):

R.A. 12h 01m 53s.18
Dec. -18° 52' 52 ".4

Constellation:

Corvus

Distance:

About 62 million light-years (19 Megaparsecs) away.

About the Data

Data Description:

This image was created from HST data from proposal 10188: B. Whitmore (STScI), M. Rieke (University of Arizona), F. Schweizer (Carnegie Institution of Washington), W. Blair (Johns Hopkins University), G. Rieke (University of Arizona), C. Leitherer (STScI), A. Alonso-Herrero (Spanish National Research Council), and S. Mengel (European Southern Observatory, Germany)

Instrument:

ACS/WFC

Exposure Date:

July 21, 2004 and February 16, 2005

Exposure Time:

4.9 hours

Filters:

F435W (B), F550M (y), F658N (Halpha+[N II]), and F814W (I)

About this Image

Image Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Release Date:

October 17, 2006

Color:

This image is a composite of many separate exposures made by the ACS instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope using several different filters. Four filters were used to sample broad and narrow wavelength ranges. The color results from assigning different hues (colors) to each monochromatic image. In this case, the assigned colors are:

F435W (B)

blue

F550M (y)

green

F658N (Halpha+[N II])

pink

F814W (I)

red

Orientation/Scale: