The Arp-Madore 417-391 galaxy merger (Photo: NASA, European Space Agency)
The 32-year-old Hubble Space Telescope never ceases to amaze:
NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have published an image of a pair of merging galaxies 670 million light-years from Earth, known as Arp-Madore 417-391. Merging galaxies can be found all over the universe, As they form a wide variety of complicated structures, and according to NASA, in the new image the gravity of the two galaxies created a strange ring-like shape where the two galactic cores are relatively close and the stellar "plumes" form a circular shape.
This image comes from a selection of observations designed to create a list of intriguing targets for follow-up observations with Hubble's successor, the expensive and advanced James Webb Space Telescope, along with other ground-based telescopes.
The telescope detected the merger using the Advanced Camera for the Study of Deep Space (ACS), which has been contributing to scientific breakthroughs for 20 years, and throughout its life has been involved in every discovery, from the dispersion of dark matter to the study of the evolution of galaxy clusters.
Although there is not much to learn from the discovery, looking at the photo reminds us of the beauty of space, and the capabilities of the elderly space telescope that is still active.
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Already 32 years old: the Hubble Space Telescope (Photo: GettyImages)
The Hubble Space Telescope, which was launched 32 years ago and is still in service, was replaced in the last year by a reinforcement player: James Webb - humanity's new space telescope.
The mourner, who is in good condition, continues to act as well, despite his advanced age.
However, the new probe has capabilities that surpass Hubble, simply because it was built with newer technologies, with more sophisticated optics and a better ability to observe the universe.