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An image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a galaxy merger 671 million light-years away

An image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a galaxy merger 671 million light-years away

Scientists from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) released an image on Friday showing a pair of merging galaxies.

The galaxy merger known as Arp-Madore 417-391 is located 671 million light-years away in the constellation Eridanus.

Captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, it is the result of two galaxies that have been twisted by gravity and twisted together into a ring.

Their cores were left nestled together.

The telescope used its Advanced Camera for Surveys to capture this scene, and ESA said the instrument is optimized to search for galaxies and galaxy clusters in the ancient universe.

The Arp-Madore catalog is a collection of scattered strange galaxies across the southern sky.

Photo comes from a a selection of Hubble observations which are intended to create a list of intriguing targets for follow-up observations with the international James Webb Space Telescope and other ground-based telescopes.

Astronomers selected a list of previously unobserved galaxies for Hubble to inspect.

Hubble Space Telescope

The pictures were taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.


Merging galaxies

The merging galaxy is known as Arp-Madore 417-391 and is located 671 million light-years away.

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