About the Object

Name: II ZW 96
Distance: 500 million light years
Constellation: Delphinus
Category: Galaxies
MIRI
NIRCam
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Coordinates

Position (RA):20 57 24.46
Position (Dec):17° 7' 40.99"
Field of view:1.83 x 1.68 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 106.3° right of vertical



Galactic Get-Together

A merging galaxy pair cavort in this image captured by the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope. This pair of galaxies, known to astronomers as II ZW 96, is roughly 500 million light-years from Earth and lies in the constellation Delphinus, close to the celestial equator. As well as the wild swirl of the merging galaxies, a menagerie of background galaxies are dotted throughout the image.

[Image description: The galaxy merger lies in the centre. The cores of the galaxies, coloured blue, are below-centre. They are surrounded by red star-forming regions which stretch up through and above the centre. Faint yellow diffraction spikes appear in the middle. The lower galaxy is a mostly regular spiral shape, while the upper galaxy has been distorted heavily. The background is black, and covered with many tiny galaxies.]

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Credit:

ESA/Webb, NASA & CSA, L. Armus, A. Evans; the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

About the Image

Id: potm2211b
Type: Observation
Release date: 30 November 2022, 17:00
Size: 3571 x 3271 px


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