Published: 10:24, May 4, 2023 | Updated: 10:24, May 4, 2023
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captures bright interacting galaxies
By Xinhua

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.

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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.