Hubble Space Telescope image shows galaxies merging 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 of Eridanus.

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

Their cores were left embedded side by side.

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

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

The photo is from a selection of Hubble observations intended to create a list of intriguing targets for follow-up observations with the James Webb International Space Telescope and other ground-based telescopes.

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

Hubble Space Telescope

The images were taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Merging galaxies

The galaxy merger is known as Arp-Madore 417-391 and is 671 million light-years away. Hubble Space Telescope image shows galaxies merging 671 million light-years away


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