The image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope released by NASA on May 3, 2023 shows interacting galaxies known as AM 1214-255. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured the new image of extraordinarily bright interacting galaxies known as AM 1214-255, the agency said Wednesday. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
LOS ANGELES - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a new image of extraordinarily bright interacting galaxies known as AM 1214-255, the agency said Wednesday.
These galaxies contain active galactic nuclei (AGN), an extraordinarily luminous central region of a galaxy. Its extreme brightness is caused by matter whirling into a supermassive black hole at the galaxy's heart, according to NASA.
Hubble observed the galaxy closest to the center as part of an AGN survey, with the aim of compiling a dataset about nearby AGNs to be used as a resource for astronomers investigating AGN physics, black holes, host galaxy structure, and more, said NASA.
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