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Hubble Interacting Galaxy UGC 9618
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Name: UGC 9618, VV 340, Arp 302, VV 340A, VV 340B, KPG 446B
Description: Interacting Galaxies
Position (J2000): RA 14h 57m 00.90s  Dec +24° 37' 01.7"
Constellation: Boötes
Distance: 450 million light-years (150 million parsecs)
Visual magnitude: 11.3
Angular size: 1.6 arcmin
Exposure Date(s): January 6, 2002
Exposure Time: 33 minutes
Filters: F435W (B) and F814W (I)
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration & A. Evans (U of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University)
Release Date: April 24, 2008
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UGC 9618, also known as VV 340 or Arp 302 consists of a pair of very gas-rich spiral galaxies in their early stages of interaction: VV 340A is seen edge-on to the left, and VV 340B face-on to the right. An enormous amount of infrared light is radiated by the gas from massive stars that are forming at a rate similar to the most vigorous giant star-forming regions in our own Milky Way. UGC 9618 is 450 million light-years away from Earth, and is the 302nd galaxy in Arp's Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies.

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