This image of Arp 274 was taken by the ground-based Palomar Observatory.
It is part of the Digitized Sky Survey.
Voting closed March 1st.
Winner! Arp 274
After more than 140,000 votes were cast by participants around the
world, the galaxy group Arp 274 emerged the winner of the "Hubble's
Next Discovery -- You Decide" contest. And it turned out to be an
excellent choice, the striking detail revealed giving us the first
close-up view of this galactic trio.
Hubble's new image of Arp 274 indicates that what was previously
thought to be a set of interacting galaxies may in fact be three
galaxies located in the same area of the sky but somewhat distant
from one another. The largest galaxy, in the center, is a barred
spiral galaxy. One of its spiral arms seems to just barely overlap
the other spiral galaxy on the right. The third member of the trio
is a small compact galaxy on the left side of the image. All of the
galaxies are adorned with bright blue knots of star formation, but
there seems to be little evidence -- such as the distortion of the
galaxies as gravity tugs at their shapes -- for interaction.Read the news release about Arp 274 on NewsCenter.Download the high-resolution wallpaper of Arp 274 from Gallery.
You're In Control! In 1609, Galileo turned his telescope on the
night sky for the first time. Now, 400 years later, your vote helped decide where to point modern astronomy's most
"Hubble's Next Discovery
-- You Decide" is part of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA), the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Galileo's observations. People around the world voted to select the next object the Hubble Space Telescope would view, choosing from a list of objects Hubble had never observed before. The winning image has been released during the IYA's 100 Hours of Astronomy, April 2-5, a global astronomy event geared toward encouraging as many people as possible to experience the night sky.