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AM 0515-540

Lots of umbrella-like arcs of stars encircling this galaxy. These are possibly the result of a smaller, compact galaxy dropping into the larger one and swishing back and forth several times as it is stretched out into a long, complex orbit, or perhaps many orbits. It's not something I will ever claim to understand in great detail.

 

Data from the following proposal is used to create this image:

Establishing HST's Low Redshift Archive of Interacting Systems

 

All channels: ACS/WFC F606W

 

North is 18.91° clockwise from up.

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Uploaded on June 12, 2019