NGC 3314

The spectacular galaxy superposition NGC 3314 in the Hydra I cluster (Abell 1060), in a color-composite image from CCD data obtained by W. Keel at the Cerro Tololo 1.5-meter telescope. A late-type spiral is projected almost centrally against an earlier-type background galaxy. The effects of absorption in the spiral arms of the foreground galaxy are unusually plain, showing that spiral features may be defined as much by absorption as starlight in some galaxies.

We later got a much improved image with HST, shown here. Many details appear as if from nowhere... For more details, see my dust research page, or the May 2000 Hubble Heritage release.

HST image of NGC 3314

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