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Hubble Interacting Galaxy AM 1316-241
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Name: AM 1316-241, ESO 508-45
Description: Interacting Galaxies
Position (J2000): RA 13hr 19m 32.90s Dec -24° 29' 20.0"
Constellation: Hydra
Distance: 350 million light-years (100 million parsecs)
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): July 18, 1997
Exposure Time: 1.3 hours
Filters: F435W (B) and F814W (I)
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble      Collaboration & W. Keel (U of Alabama, Tuscaloosa)
Release Date: April 24, 2008
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AM 1316-241 is made up of two interacting galaxies - a spiral galaxy (on the left of the frame) in front of an elliptical galaxy (on the right of the frame). The starlight from the background galaxy is partially obscured by the bands and filaments of dust associated with the foreground spiral galaxy. The Hubble image unravels the fine detail in the patchy clumps of dust confined to the spiral arms of the spiral galaxy. This dust reddens the light from the background just as the intervening dust in the Earth's atmosphere reddens sunsets here. AM1316-241 is located some 400 million light-years away toward the constellation of Hydra, the Water Snake.

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.