NASA Space Telescope Hubble managed to record the photograph of a spectacular ring formed by the merger of two galaxies and distorted by gravity.
Hubble , one of NASA’s space telescopes , has revealed one of its most impressive astronomical observations to date in a new photograph. Shown in this image is Arp-Madore 417-391 : the merger of two colossal galaxies located about 670 million light-years from Earth that forms a rather peculiar kind of celestial ring.
Although the James Webb telescope , the space agency’s most recent, has caught the eye of all Universe enthusiasts for the spectacular quality of its photographs, Hubble shows with this piece that it still has a lot to offer the astronomical community of the world.
a mesmerizing ring
The Arp-Madore 417-391 merger combines two different galaxies that are located more than 670 million light years from our planet. This space phenomenon can be seen with a Hubble instrument from the southern hemisphere in the constellation Eridanus . NASA mentions that “the two galaxies were distorted by gravity and twisted into a colossal ring, leaving their nuclei nestled next to each other . “
This photograph was captured thanks to the ACS ( Advanced Camera for Surveys ) camera that is installed on board Hubble , specially designed for tasks such as detecting galaxies that are very far from Earth or that are extremely old. Technically, this space telescope is set to retire at the end of this decade, but NASA and SpaceX are working on a project to extend the life of the observatory.
Hubble’s role in the James Webb era
Today, NASA astronomers and their partners are using the Hubble Space Telescope as an exploration instrument to support the work of the James Webb Observatory , which has already captured some of the most detailed and impressive images ever recorded. Never from outer space.
But when he’s not making pre-scheduled observations, he’s still on the task of investigating some little-known galaxies. This gives astronomers the opportunity to generate a list of these interesting celestial body groupings for further analysis by James Webb , using the best of his technical ability.
Regarding Arp-Madore 417-391 , this is one of the impressive elements present in the Arp-Madore catalogue , a collection that includes other galaxies that interact with each other, as NASA explains in the following report .