IC 2184 – a pair of interacting galaxies shown as “flying V”

Cosmic “flying V” of merging galaxies (Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA)

IC 2184 refers to the pair of interacting galaxies shown in the image consisting of visible and infrared observations from Hubble’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. These interacting galaxies looked like as “flying V”.

The galaxies are seen in the large, faint northern constellation of Camelopardalis (The Giraffe) having bright streaks of light with tidal tails, which are actually the combination of gas, dust and stars that extend away from a galaxy into space. The tails appear, when the galaxies gravitationally interact with each other and the material cut off from the outer edges of the body moving out in opposite directions. Usually the tails are curved but when they look straight, as presented in the image, it means we are viewing the galaxies side-on.

The bursts of bright blue region in the image shows the hot regions representing the colliding gas clouds that would result in dynamic star formation.

Source: NASA