VLT's NACO instrument reveals a triple cosmic collision

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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. The final colour image was produced by Henri Boffin (ESO).

Credit: ESO

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Id:phot-55a-07
Object:Tinker Bell
Type: Astronomical ( Galaxy ).
Telescope:UT4/Yepun
Instrument:NACO
Width:1248 px
Height:1417 px
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