An unusual pair of galaxies captured by Hubble will be the new target of the James Webb observatory

(ORDO NEWS) — This amazing image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a system called Arp 298, a mesmerizing pair of interacting galaxies.

The Arp 298 system – which consists of two galaxies, NGC 7469 and IC 5283 – lies about 200 million light-years from Earth, in the direction of the constellation Pegasus.

The larger of the two galaxies pictured here is called NGC 7469 and is a classic barred spiral galaxy, while the smaller galaxy in the image is known as IC 5283.

NGC 7469 also has a supermassive black hole at its center surrounded by a bright ring of clusters. stars.

The word Arp in the designation of this pair of galaxies means that the system is included in the Atlas of peculiar (unusual) galaxies, compiled by astronomer Halton Arp (Halton Arp).

The Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies includes unusual and amazing galaxies containing various exotic structures ranging from segmented spiral arms to concentric rings. This interacting pair of galaxies has already been captured earlier with the help of Hubble – in 2008.

This image of the Arp 298 system, which also contains several galaxies in the background, combines data collected from three different observation sessions.

Combining this data, the Arp 298 system was captured with an amazing level of detail, thanks in part to the use of seven different filters from Hubble’s two scientific instruments, Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys.

This system will be one of the first galaxies to be observed by the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope in the summer of 2022 as part of the Director’s Discretionary Early Release Science Programs.


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