NGC 1614

Esahubble_heic0810ax_1024

esahubble_heic0810ax April 24th, 2008

Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University)

The galaxy system NGC 1614 has a bright optical centre and two clear inner spiral arms that are fairly symmetrical. It also has a spectacular outer structure that consists principally of a large one-sided curved extension of one of these arms to the lower right, and a long, almost straight tail that emerges from the nucleus and crosses the extended arm to the upper right. The galaxy appears to be the result of a tidal interaction and the resulting merger of two predecessor systems. The system has a nuclear region of quasar-like luminosity, but shows no direct evidence for an active nucleus. It is heavily and unevenly reddened across its nucleus, while infrared imaging also shows a "ridge" of dust. The linear "tail" to the upper right and extended arms to the lower right are likely the remains of an interacting companion and the tidal plume(s) caused by the collision. NGC 1614 is located about 200 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Eridanus, the River. This image is part of a large collection of 59 images of merging galaxies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and released on the occasion of its 18th anniversary on 24th April 2008.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://esahubble.org/images/heic0810ax/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
NGC 1614
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Type > Interacting
Esahubble_heic0810ax_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 4h 34m 0.4s
DEC = -8° 34’ 54.4”
Orientation
North is 107.3° CCW
Field of View
2.8 x 2.8 arcminutes
Constellation
Eridanus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue Hubble (ACS) Optical (B) -
Green Hubble (ACS) Optical (Pseudogreen (B+I)) -
Red Hubble (ACS) Infrared (I) -
Esahubble_heic0810ax_1280
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ID
heic0810ax
Subject Category
C.5.1.7  
Subject Name
NGC 1614
Credits
NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University)
Release Date
2008-04-24T15:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://esahubble.org/images/heic0810ax/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
ACS, ACS, ACS
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Infrared
Bandpass
B, Pseudogreen (B+I), I
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
68.5018272, -8.5817727
Reference Dimension
3373.0, 3373.0
Reference Pixel
1687.5, 1687.5
Scale
-1.38159e-05, 1.3815925e-05
Rotation
107.3
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
heic0810ax
Metadata Date
2008-03-28T15:33:33+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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