Image Credit & Copyright: NASA/ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team.
You may be confused by the “ZOOM” thing as this image has nothing to do with the previous image but this is a different kind of “ZOOM” that you will understand next post so hang in there.
What an intriguing mess this is from start to finish. Let’s….uuh, attempt to sort out this galactic train wreck. As usual, the best place to start is at start; this region of Pegasus (The Winged Horse) goes by the name of Stephan’s Quintet or the Hickson Compact Group 92 (HCG 92) and it’s a tight group of five galaxies interacting with each other through gravitational tidal forces. The only problem is, they’re not all interacting but they are a tight line of sight group of galaxies on the sky as we view them. Let’s introduce you to the members.
Starting at the…
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