One of the most powerful cameras in the world has just photographed two distant galaxies intertwined in what is called a “galactic ballet”.
Part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) National Optical Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NOIRLab), at A chamber of dark energy on the 4-meter telescope Víctor M. Blanco at the Inter-American Observatory Serra Talola in Chile taught his lenses on the constellation Horologium about 60 million light years from Earth. Here it is captured the image galaxies NGC 1512 and NGC 1510, which are trapped by each other’s gravitational pull.
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NGC 1512 is prohibited spiral galaxy not different from ours The Milky Wayand NCG 1510 is much smaller – a dwarf galaxy. Both revolve around each other for about 400 million years, their shapes twisting with each pass.
A dark energy camera that took pictures galaxies is one of the most powerful wide-field imaging tools on the planet. It has a 13-foot-wide (four-meter-wide) mirror and 3.3-foot (one-meter-wide) corrective lenses – one of the five lenses on the device.
The dark energy chamber was originally built to complete The study of dark energy, a mission run by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Fermi Accelerator Laboratory. More than 400 scientists from seven countries took part in a survey that mapped about 300 million galaxies between 2013 and 2019, in order to study the mysterious dark energy.
Although this mission is over, scientists are still using a dark energy camera to map distant galaxies, including NGC 1512 and NGC 1510. When the dance of the two galaxies is completed – which will not be soon – NGC 1512 will be consume your smaller satellite to create a new, united galaxy.