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Hubble Interacting Galaxy ESO 593-8
ESO 593-8, ESO 593-IG008
RA 19 14 31.11 Dec -21 19 06.3
650 million light-years (200 million parsecs)
March 19, 2002
F435W (B) and F814W (I)
NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and A. Evans (U of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook Univ.)
April 24, 2008
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ABOUT THIS IMAGE:
ESO 593-8 is an impressive pair of interacting galaxies with a feather-like galaxy crossing a companion galaxy. The two components will probably merge to form a single galaxy in the future. The pair is adorned with a number of bright blue star clusters. ESO 593-8 is located in the constellation of Sagittarius, the Archer, some 650 million light-years away from Earth.
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.