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NGC 4993 seen with Hubble

NGC 4993 seen with Hubble


Date: 16 October 2017
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: NGC 4993
Copyright: NASA and ESA

The lenticular galaxy NGC 4993 is located about 130 million light-years from Earth. On 17 August 2017 the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the Virgo Interferometer both detected gravitational waves from the collision of two neutron stars within this galaxy. The event also resulted in a flare of light, called a kilonova, which is visible to the upper left of the galactic centre in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
20-Jan-2021 10:59 UT

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