Mounted image 120: Atoms-for-Peace: a galactic collision in action

This new image shows the results of a vast collision between two galaxies. This strange object is known as NGC 7252, or Arp 226, and has the odd nickname Atoms-for-Peace. The picture was taken by the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. It is a combination of exposures taken through blue and red filters, for a total exposure time of more than four hours. The field of view is about 18 arcminutes across.


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Release date:23 March 2011, 15:43
Dimensions:50 cm (W) x 51 cm (H) x 1 cm (D)
Related archive image:eso1044a

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