Dark Energy Camera sees ‘galactic ballet’ of galaxies in 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 Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile operated by the National Science Foundation’s NOIRLab. (Image credit: Dark Energy Survey/DOE/FNAL/DECam/CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA)

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

Part of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NOIRLab), the Dark Energy Camera on the Víctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile trained its lenses on the Horologium constellation some 60 million light-years from Earth. there, it captured an image of galaxies NGC 1512 and NGC 1510, which are ensnared in each other’s gravitational pull.

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