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Hubble Telescope Image Of The Disrupted Galaxy UGC 10214

This wonderful Hubble telescope image shows a distant spiral galaxy that has been disrupted by another galaxy that has passed through it.  The Hubble Telescope page for this object explains that UGC 10214 was disrupted by a smaller galaxy passing through its disk.  The gravitational forces caused by the collision created the long tail to UGC 10214 seen in the image below.  The other galaxy can be seen through the disk of UGC 10214 as an area of blue that is behind UGC 10214 from our perspective.

This image was created by combining the data from the 814w, 606w and 475w filters mapped to red, green and blue respectively.

I have created a short write-up on how I put together the Hubble Images on this site.  The write-up is at this location.

UGC 10214 is about 420 million light years distant.  So, this is what it looked like 420 million years ago.  It would be interesting to see what this galaxy looks like today.

Many, many other far more distant galaxies can be seen in the field.  The variety of shapes and colors is astonishing.

Click on the image below to see a larger version.

Posted in Galaxies, Hubble Telescope Image

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