NGC 3314a (foreground) and NGC 3314b (background) taken by the Hubble Space Telescope
|Observation data (J2000 epoch)|
|Right ascension||10h 37m 12.5s|
|Declination||-27° 41' 05"|
|Distance||117 Mly (a)
140 million ly (b)
|Apparent dimensions (V)||2′.6 × 1′.7|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||+12.5|
|Notable features||galaxy overlapping another|
NGC 3314 is a pair of overlapping spiral galaxies between 117 and 140 million light-years away in the constellation Hydra. This unique alignment gives astronomers the opportunity to measure the properties of interstellar dust in the face-on foreground galaxy (NGC3314a), which appear dark against the background galaxy (NGC 3314b). Unlike interacting galaxies, the two components of NGC3314 are physically unrelated. It was discovered in April 1999.
In a March 2000 observation of the galaxies, a prominent green star-like object was seen in one of the arms. Astronomers theorized that it could have been a supernova, but the unique filtering properties of the foreground galaxy made it difficult to decide definitively.
- Keel, Bill; Frattare, Lisa. "NGC 3314 Variable Object". heritage.stsci.edu. Retrieved 2015-11-05.