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Hubble telescope snaps trippy new view of two swirling galaxies

The Hubble Space Telescope observed a pair of spiral galaxies, known as IC 4271, located some 800 million light-years from Earth. (Image credit: NASA, ESA, and B. Holwerda (University of Louisville Research Foundation, Inc.); Image processing: G. Kober (NASA Goddard/Catholic University of America) )

A peculiar pair of galaxies swirls together in a mesmerizing new photo from the Hubble Space Telescope. 

Located some 800 million light-years from Earth, the two spiral galaxies, known as IC 4271 or Arp 40, appear superimposed, with the smaller galaxy in front of its larger companion. The larger galaxy is classified as a Seyfert galaxy, a type of galaxy with an active core, according to a statement from NASA (opens in new tab), which released the image May 20.

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