NGC 1487 (2014)

Another pair of interacting galaxies so far into the dance it’s impossible to discern which is which at this point.

Of note for the processing on this one is that the bottom third as well as a small portion of the upper left corner is monochrome. It blends well enough that it’s not obtrusive, though. I decided it was better to get a more complete feel for the structure of the galaxy than to have perfectly accurate colors in this case. I’m a little disturbed by the way the diffraction spikes aren’t square with the edges but it was either have them like this or have a lot of blank spots.

Red: hst_05396_01_wfpc2_f814w_wf_sci + hst_09042_n3_wfpc2_f606w_wf_sci
Green: Pseudo
Blue: hst_05396_01_wfpc2_f450w_wf_sci + hst_09042_n3_wfpc2_f606w_wf_sci

North is NOT up. It is 60.1° counter-clockwise from up.

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Hubble data is public domain, but I put a lot of work into combining it into beautiful color images. The minimal credit line should read: NASA / ESA / J. Schmidt

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