NASA telescope photographs two objects in deep space merging into one

NASA and the European Space Agency's Hubble Space Telescope have photographed two astronomical objects in deep space merging into one.

1 minute & 12 seconds read time

NASA has released a new image snapped by the iconic Hubble Space Telescope, and this time, the powerful space telescope has honed its sensitive instruments in on two objects in deep space merging into one.

NASA telescope photographs two objects in deep space merging into one 25

The European Space Agency (ESA) has taken to its website to detail the new image, writing that the objects within the image are galaxies officially called NGC 7733, which is the smaller one located in the bottom right, and NGC 7734, the much larger galaxy located in the top right. However, those aren't the only galaxies present in this picture. There is another galaxy officially called NGC 7733N that's located within the upper spiral arm of NGC 7733.

Originally, NGC 7733N was obscured by dust and gas, but astronomers used Hubble's data to discern a knot located in the galaxy's upper spiral arm. The below image clearly points out the galaxy, but it's easily identified by its different colors in comparison to the spiral arm.

NASA telescope photographs two objects in deep space merging into one 454

The ESA writes in its blog post that astronomers face challenges every day and that one of the biggest problems to overcome is to work out whether an astronomical object really is just one, or one lying in front of another, as seen from Earth's perspective.

"All three galaxies lie quite close to each other, roughly 500 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Tucana, and, as this image shows, they are interacting gravitationally with one another. In fact, some science literature refers to them as a 'merging group', meaning that they are on a course to ultimately become a single entity," writes the ESA

Buy at Amazon

Starfield: Standard Edition - Xbox Series X

TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago
* Prices last scanned on 12/6/2023 at 10:26 pm CST - prices may not be accurate, click links above for the latest price. We may earn an affiliate commission.

Jak joined the TweakTown team in 2017 and has since reviewed 100s of new tech products and kept us informed daily on the latest science, space, and artificial intelligence news. Jak's love for science, space, and technology, and, more specifically, PC gaming, began at 10 years old. It was the day his dad showed him how to play Age of Empires on an old Compaq PC. Ever since that day, Jak fell in love with games and the progression of the technology industry in all its forms. Instead of typical FPS, Jak holds a very special spot in his heart for RTS games.

Newsletter Subscription

Related Tags