Hubble Telescope Snaps  Swirling Galaxies

Trippy New View of Two

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), 

An active galaxy is one 

that has a supermassive black hole at its center. This monster black hole  pulls in surrounding gas and dust

The larger of the two

 galaxies in IC 4271 is believed to be a Type II Seyfert galaxy, meaning it is a very bright source of infrared and visible light

Hubble's Wide Field

 Camera 3, whose sensitivity and powerful resolution allowed researchers to get a detailed view of the galactic pair.

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