James Webb Telescope has been in the spotlight in recent days. The telescope has been receiving all the focus lately, but Hubble has been in orbit since the year 1990 and continues to produce astonishing observatory observations of the night sky.
The most recent Hubble image of Arp-Madore 417-391 is a galactic merger located 670 million light-years away from Earth. The star-gazing spectacle can be observed in the Eridanus constellation’s southern hemisphere. According to NASA states that they say that “two galaxies were distorted by gravity and twisted into a colossal ring, leaving their cores nestled side by side.”
The image was created thanks to Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), built to do this specific object–spotting distant galaxies that are ancient and distant. Unfortunately, Hubble is scheduled to end its mission by this decade; however, NASA and SpaceX are working on an idea to extend the telescope’s lifetime.
Astronomers are currently using Hubble as a scouting tool to monitor the newly launched James Webb Space Telescope, which has already delivered many of the most outstanding photos of the night sky we’ve ever seen. In addition, Hubble has been looking at smaller galaxies when it’s not performing scheduled observations, allowing astronomers to create a list of fascinating galaxies to use Webb to make follow-up observations.
Arp-Madore 417-391 is among numerous fascinating objects found in the catalog of the Arp-Madore Observatory, which includes additional galaxies that interact–including one that has a distinct facial appearance.
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