Arp 302 consists of a pair of very gas-rich spiral galaxies in their early stages of interaction: VV 340A is seen edge-on at top, and VV 340B face-on below. Composite image of X-ray data from Chandra (purple) and optical data from Hubble (red, green, blue).
|Observation data (J2000 epoch)|
|Right ascension||14h 56m 54s|
|Declination||+24° 36.0′ 00″|
|Distance||450 Mly (150 Mpc)|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||11.3 (15.3 + 15.7)|
|Apparent size (V)||1′.6 (0′.6 × 0′.6 / 0′.9 × 0′.3)|
|VV 340, IRAS 14547+2448, CGCG 1454.7+2448, APG 302, KPG 446, CGCG 134-58, IRAS F14547+2449, Arp 302, LEDA 53433 / 53432, 2MASX J14570030+2436246 / J14570066+2437026, MCG+04-35-018 / +04-35-019, UGC 9618|
Arp 302 (also known as Exclamation Point Galaxy) is a galaxy in the constellation Boötes. Arp 302, also known as VV 340 or UGC 9618 consists of a pair of very gas-rich spiral galaxies in their early stages of interaction. An enormous amount of infrared light is radiated by the gas from massive stars that are forming at a rate similar to the most vigorous giant star-forming regions in our own Milky Way. Arp 302 is 450 million light-years away from Earth, and is the 302nd galaxy in Arp's Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies.
Tour of UGC 9618.
Interacting galaxies: Arp 148, VV 340, Arp 256, NGC 6670, NGC 6240, ESO 593-8, NGC 454, UGC 8335, NGC 6786, NGC 17, ESO 77-14, NGC 6050.
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