“This eccentrically shaped galaxy (NGC 1614) ablaze with activity was captured by @NASAHubble. The galaxy resides about 200 million light-years from Earth and is nestled in the southern constellation of Eridanus (the River),” read the caption given by NASA Goddard to this incredible image..
The image was also shared from NASA’s main Twitter account. “Peculiar, eccentric, and beautiful: that’s what we call this galaxy that dazzles from about 200 million light-years away. Captured by @NASAHubble, it’s actually two galaxies merging to become one,” they tweeted.
Along with the tweet, they shared a link to an article by NASA which details that the “active galactic merger” is the reason behind the galaxy’s peculiar appearance.
Since being shared, the post has wowed people and their comments showcase the same.
In a separate post on Twitter, NASA described the galaxy as “peculiar, eccentric, and beautiful,” adding that it is “actually two galaxies merging to become one”.
Pictures of this particular galaxy went viral on Twitter with over 11,000 likes and 2,000 retweets. Netizens, meanwhile shared their thoughts and opinions in the comments section of the post.
Of the galaxy, NASA said on its website, “NGC 1614 is the result of an active galactic merger, which creates its peculiar appearance, including a tidal tail. The cosmic collision also drives a turbulent flow of interstellar gas from the smaller of the two galaxies involved into the nucleus of the larger one, resulting in a burst of star formation that started in the core and has slowly spread outward through the galaxy.”
“Groovy,” wrote a Twitter user. “Wow, so great to see this. NASA you are an eye in space for mankind,” expressed another. “It’s so unbelievable to imagine that … thanks to NASA for sharing the picture,” tweeted a third. “Beautiful,” wrote a fourth and many agreed.