NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured images of two spiral galaxies. IC 563 and IC 564, collectively known as Arp 303, are more than 275 million light-years away in the direction of the constellation Sextans.
An image was created using data from two separate Hubble observations of Arp 303. The first observation used Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) to study the pair’s star-forming regions in infrared light. Galaxy clusters such as IC 563 and IC 564 are very bright at infrared wavelengths and show many bright star-forming regions.
Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) was used to observe bright, interesting galaxies in the sky for the second time. Hubble, the James Webb Telescope, and other telescopes will examine these new observations to find promising candidates for further study, and they will fill gaps in Hubble’s archive.
The recent discoveries helped Hubble fill in the gaps in its archive of potential materials to analyze further with Hubble, the James Webb Telescope, and other telescopes.
The Hubble Telescope also recently captured a stunning image of a giant elliptical galaxy that’s more than 2.5 times the size of our own Milky Way galaxy, which is located approximately 100 million light-years from Earth.