Astronomy Hubble, an astronomy news website, launched a report on the recently-photographed NGC 2623, also known as the “Two-Tailed Galaxy”. The report offers a brief overview of the formation of the two tidal tails, as well as a picture of NGC 2623.
The report can be found at https://astronomyhubble.com/two-tailed-galaxy-spotted.
Published on October 17, the report shows two galaxies similar to the Milky Way as they collide with each other. The image is captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, and it has recently been publicly released by NASA.
According to Astronomy Hubble, NGC 2623 owes its unique shape to the fact that the two galaxies are in an advanced state of merging. The collision between the two galaxies has led to the formation of two tidal tails, essentially made up of high-pressure gases resulting from the large-scale galactic collision. The two tails of NGC 2623 have an approximate end-to-end length of 50,000 light-years.
The NGC 2623 has an estimated number of 170 new-born stars merging into bright stellar clusters, indicating that the two galaxies have been combining for a long time.
The Astronomy Hubble report explains that the image of NGC 2623 was produced using separate infrared and visible spectrum exposures with Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) and Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3). To create the image the telescope used data from six filters, with different hues assigned to each monochromatic image generated by each filter.
The recent report is part of Astronomy Hubble’s efforts to provide astronomy enthusiasts access to the latest news and discoveries in the field.
On its official website readers can also find a variety of informative materials on topics such as the 2017 total solar eclipse, the largest galaxy in the observable universe, the future of space exploration and various others.
Interested parties can find more information by visiting the above-mentioned website.
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