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Hubble Interacting Galaxy ESO 77-14
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Name: ESO 77-14, ESO 077-IG014, AM 2317-692
Description: Interacting Galaxies
Position (J2000): RA 23hr 21m 04.61s Dec-69° 12' 56.5"
Constellation: Indus
Distance: 550 million light-years (150 million parsecs)
Instrument: ACS/WFC
Exposure Date(s): August 17, 2001
Exposure Time: 39 minutes
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and A. Evans (U of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook Univ)
Release Date: April 24, 2008
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This Hubble image of ESO 77-14 is a stunning snapshot of a celestial dance performed by a pair of similar sized galaxies. Two clear signatures of the gravitational tug of war between the galaxies are the bridge of material that connects them and the disruption of their main bodies. The galaxy on the right has a long, bluish arm while its companion has a shorter, redder arm. This interacting pair is in the constellation of Indus, the Indian, some 550 million light-years away from Earth. The dust lanes between the two galaxy centers show the extent of the distortion to the originally flat disks that have been pulled into three-dimensional shapes.

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.