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ESA Reveals ‘Otherworldly’ Photo Of A Peculiar Galaxy 271 Million Light-Years Away

KEY POINTS

  • The Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of galaxy NGC 34
  • NGC 34 is a peculiar galaxy located in the constellation Cetus
  • The galaxy is a product of two massive spiral galaxies colliding and merging millions of years ago

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a photo of a unique galaxy located approximately 271 million light-years away from Earth.

The galaxy, called NGC 34, lies in the constellation Cetus (The Sea Monster) and has an appearance that is continuously changing due to past events. The object, which is the result of two massive spiral galaxies colliding together, is also known as NGC 17, LEDA 781 or Mrk 938.

A tweet posted Monday by the European Space Agency (ESA) Twitter account showed the beautiful, glowing body of NGC 34 that outshines all other objects surrounding it. The otherworldly image captured by the Hubble reveals the galaxy’s translucent outer

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