Hubble telescope snaps trippy new view of two swirling galaxies

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

Galaxies swirls

the two spiral galaxies, known as IC 4271 or Arp 40, appear superimposed, with the smaller galaxy in front of its larger companion.

800 million light-years from Earth

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

The larger galaxy

May be Seyfert galaxies, which are named for astronomer Carl K. Seyfert, who described these spiral galaxies with very bright emission lines back in the 1940s, according to the NASA statement.

About 10% of all galaxies

This monster black hole  pulls in surrounding gas and dust,  and as the black hole consumes this material, it releases vast streams of radiation, fueling the active core

Supermassive black hole at its center

in IC 4271 is believed to be a Type II Seyfert galaxy, meaning it is a very bright source of infrared and visible light, according to the NASA statement.

The Larger of the two galaxies

"The active cores of Seyfert galaxies are at their brightest when observed in light outside the visible spectrum,"

NASA officials wrote in the statement

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