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An inspiring Hubble mosaic of Stephan's Quintet
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- Title An inspiring Hubble mosaic of Stephan's Quintet
- Released 17/04/2007 2:58 pm
- Copyright NASA/ESA, J. English (U. of Manitoba), S. Hunsberger (PSU), Z. Levay ( STSI), S. Gallagher (PSU) and J. Charlton (PSU)
This Hubble mosaic of the galaxy NGC 7319 is a part of the so-called Stephan's Quintet. The image was taken using Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 on Dec. 30, 1998 and June 17, 1999.
Located in the constellation Pegasus, 270 million light-years from Earth, it was discovered by Edouard M. Stephan in 1877. As the name suggests, the quintet actually contains five galaxies and is the first compact group ever discovered.