The Hubble Space Telescope managed to capture an image of two merging galaxies some 671 million light-years away from our planet, and the James Webb Space Telescope is set to investigate the merger further.
Located in the constellation Eridanus, the galaxy merger called Arp-Madore 417-391 consists of two galaxies distorted by gravity, twisted into a ring.
The image was captured by the telescope’s Advance Camera for Surveys, an instrument optimized to hunt clusters of galaxies across the ancient universe, and released by scientists from NASA and the European Space Agency. The Arp-Madore catalog contains information about strange galaxies located in the southern sky. The recently released image is one of Hubble’s observations destined for further investigation with the international James Webb Space Telescope as an intriguing target.