North is to the left.
The galaxies are shown rotated 80° counterclockwise.
From top to bottom,
the image shows galaxies IC 3841, IC 3481A and IC 3483. Their
respective distances are about 326, 336 and 20 million light-years,
toward the constellation Virgo.
A luminous bridge connects IC 3481 and IC 3481A. A larger looping
plume extends about two thirds of the way to IC 3483. A
photograph, taken with the Palomar 48-inch Schmidt telescope,
seems to show the plume extending fully to IC 3483. However, red-shift data
indicate that IC 3483 is in the foreground and this is likely a
At the upper
right-hand corner, of the wide-view, is the galaxy NGC 4503. As a
member of the Virgo cluster, it is cataloged as VCC 1412.
The wide-view image
also has over 2000 visible galaxies and eleven quasars. The
most distant QSO's z value is 2.87. This gives a light
travel-time of about 11 billion years.