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Hubble Interacting Galaxy 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: VV 340A is seen edge-on to the left, and VV 340B face-on to the right.
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. UGC 9618 is 450 million light-years away from Earth, and is the 302nd galaxy in Arp's Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies.
This image is part of a large collection of 59 images of merging galaxies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and released on the occasion of its 18th anniversary on 24th April 2008.
Date Released: April 24, 2008
Credit: Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration