Stephan's Quintet

In the beginning of the 1946 holiday film classic "It's a Wonderful Life," angelic figures take on the form of a famous group of compact galaxies known as Stephan's Quintet. In reality, these galaxies aren't so heavenly. Pictures from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show that Stephan's Quintet has been doing some devilish things. At least two of the galaxies have been involved in high-speed, hit-and-run accidents, which have ripped stars and gas from neighboring galaxies and tossed them into space.



About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:19 July 2001, 15:00
Size:800 x 556 px

About the Object

Name:Stephan's Quintet
Type:Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Distance:300 million light years

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