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Hubble's Twisted Galaxy

18 Aug 2017, 14:00 UTC
Hubble's Twisted Galaxy ESA/Hubble & NASA

The subject of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image, IC 1727, is currently interacting with its near neighbor, NGC 672 (which is just out of frame). The pair’s interactions have triggered peculiar and intriguing phenomena within both objects — most noticeably in IC 1727. The galaxy’s structure is visibly twisted and asymmetric, and its bright nucleus has been dragged off-center.

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