This Hubble Space Telescope image shows merging galaxies 671 million light-years away

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

galaxy merger, Known as Arp-Madore 417-391It 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 that have been distorted by gravity and twisted together into a ring.

Their cores were left side by side.

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The Arp-Madore galaxy merger 417-391 steals the spotlight in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The Arp-Madore catalog is a collection of exotic galaxies dotted across the southern sky and includes a host of brilliantly interacting galaxies as well as the most exciting colliding galaxies.
(ESA/Hubble & NASA, Dark Energy Survey/DOE/FNAL/DECam/CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA, J. Dalcanton)

The telescope used its Advanced Camera for Surveys to capture this scene and the European Space Agency said the instrument is optimized for Find galaxies and galaxy clusters in the ancient universe.

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

Arp Madur 417-391 close up

Arp Madur 417-391 close up
(Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Dark Energy Survey/DOE/FNAL/DECam/CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA, J. Dalcanton)

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The image comes from a selection of Hubble observations designed to create a list of interesting targets to follow the observations with James Webb International Space Telescope and other ground telescopes.

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

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