The interacting galaxy pair NGC 1512 and NGC 1510

The interacting galaxy pair NGC 1512 and NGC 1510 take center stage in this image from the Dark Energy Camera, a state-of-the art wide-field imager on the Víctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, a Program of NSF’s NOIRLab. NGC 1512 has been in the process of merging with its smaller galactic neighbor for 400 million years, and this drawn-out interaction has ignited waves of star formation and warped both galaxies.

Credit:

Dark Energy Survey/DOE/FNAL/DECam/CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA
Image processing: T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage/NSF’s NOIRLab), J. Miller (Gemini Observatory/NSF’s NOIRLab), M. Zamani & D. de Martin (NSF’s NOIRLab)

About the Image

Id:noirlab2210a
Type:Observation
Release date:May 3, 2022, 6 a.m.
Related releases:noirlab2210
Size:4662 x 5201 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 1512
Constellation:Horologium
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):4 3 54.11
Position (Dec):-43° 22' 0.99"
Field of view:20.43 x 22.80 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.2° left of vertical