Dark Energy Camera sees the ‘galactic ballet’ of galaxies in one photo

This image shows a wider view of the interacting galaxies NGC 1512 and NGC 1510 as seen by the Dark Energy Camera on the Víctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile operated by NOIRLab of the Fundación Nacional de Sciences. (Image credit: Dark Energy Survey/DOE/FNAL/DECam/CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA)

One of the world’s most powerful cameras has just photographed two distant galaxies entwined in what has been described as a ‘galactic ballet’.

Part of the National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NOIRLab) of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the dark energy chamber on the Victor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile focused its lenses on the Horologium constellation about 60 million light-years from Earth. Here it is captured an image of galaxies NGC 1512 and NGC 1510, which are locked in each other’s gravitational pull.

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