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Hubble Interacting Galaxy MCG02-001
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Name: MCG+12-02-001
Description: Interacting Galaxies
Position (J2000): RA 00h 54m 3.87s Dec 73° 5' 14.79"
Constellation: Cassiopeia
Distance: 200 million light-years (50 million parsecs)
Exposure Dates: September 3, 2001
Exposure Time: 40 minutes
Filters: F435W (B) and F814W (I)
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble   Collaboration, and A. Evans (U of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook   University)
Release Date: April 24, 2008
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MCG+12-02-001 consists of a pair of galaxies visibly affected by gravitational interaction as material is flung out in opposite directions. A large galaxy can be seen at the top of the frame and a smaller galaxy resembling an erupting volcano is at the bottom. The bright core of this galaxy emerges from the tip of the volcano . MCG+12-02-001 is a luminous infrared system that radiates with more than a hundred billion times the luminosity of our Sun. It is located some 200 million light-years away from Earth toward the constellation of Cassiopeia, the Seated Queen.

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.