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Arp 273 (UGC 1810) in Andromeda

Arp 273 (UGC 1810) in Andromeda

Arp 273 is a group of interacting galaxies 300 million light years distant in the constellation Andromeda.
To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's deployment into space, astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., pointed Hubble's eye at this photogenic pair of interacting galaxies. The larger of the spiral galaxies, known as UGC 1810, has a disk that is distorted into a rose-like shape by the gravitational tidal pull of the companion galaxy below it, known as UGC 1813. This image is a composite of Hubble Wide Field Camera 3 data taken on December 17, 2010.

Assembled from Hubble Legacy Archive data 2-17-2016