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Hubble Interacting Galaxy NGC 17
NGC 17, (NGC 34)
RA 00hr 11m 06.68s Dec -12° 06' 24.6"
2'.2 × 0'.8
250 million light-years (100 million parsecs)
July 4, 2002
NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and A. Evans (U of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook Univ)
April 24, 2008
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ABOUT THIS IMAGE:
This galaxy features a single nucleus, containing a blue central disk with delicate fine structure in the outer parts, and tidal tails indicative of two former disk galaxies. At present these galaxies appear to have completed their merger. The remnant shows clear signs that the merger was gas-rich and accompanied by a starburst. NGC 17 is gas-rich and can sustain its strong central starburst and present mild central activity for some time to come. NGC 17 is located about 250 million light-years away in the constellation of Cetus, the Whale. It was discovered by Lewis Swift on November 21, 1886 and later renamed NGC 34.
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.