posted on Apr, 7 2009 @ 07:59 PM
The Hubble Space Telescope took a closer look at this triple galaxy group on April 1 and 2 after 140,000 people around the world voted on six
potential targets. The areas have previously only been photographed by ground-based telescopes.
The Arp 274 galaxy group won the competition with more than 67,000 votes. Hubble's image suggests the galaxies may not be close enough together to
interact as they appear to be in the image taken by the Palomar Observatory near San Diego.
The galaxies to the right and left show blueish lights, evidence of rapid star formation. Older stars are more yellow. The group is located in the
constellation Virgo, 400 million light years away from Earth. The two bright stars at the right of the image are actually located in our own
NASA held the contest as part of the International Year of Astronomy in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the telescope.