Hubble Space Telescope image shows galaxies 671 million light-years away
Scientists from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) released an image of a pair of merging galaxies on Friday.
The merger of galaxies, known as Arp-Madore 417-391is located 671 million light-years away in the constellation Eridanus.
Captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, it is the result of two galaxies warped by gravity and twisted together into a ring.
Their nuclei remained nestled next to each other.
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The telescope used its Advanced Camera for Surveys to capture this scene and the ESA said the instrument is optimized for that hunt for galaxies and clusters of galaxies in the old universe.
The Arp-Madore catalog is a collection of strange galaxies scattered across the southern sky.
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The photo comes from a selection of Hubble observations designed to create a list of intriguing targets for follow-up observations with the international James Webb space telescope and other ground-based telescopes.
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Astronomers chose a list of previously unobserved galaxies for Hubble to inspect.
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