‘Arp 299’: NASA Shares Image Of Galactic System Located About 140 Million Light-Years From Earth!

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is regularly sharing new images of different celestial bodies in our universe. Be it a sparkling nebula, a twinkling cluster of stars, or a luminous supernova, you can spot a slew of their images on NASA’s official Instagram page. Speaking of which, NASA recently shared a breathtaking image of “Arp 299”, a galactic system located about 140 million light-years from Earth that contains two swirling galaxies merging.

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Ever since its posting, the image has received over 645,000 likes and 2000 comments. The mystical beauty of the image has left netizens completely mesmerized. “Blended, not stirred, please. Shown here we see Arp 299, a galactic system located about 140 million light-years from Earth that contains two swirling galaxies merging. As two become one, shock waves rumble through both galaxies and trigger waves of new star formation. Some of these stars are very large and live brief and violent lives,” states the image caption. Check it out:

Data has been collected from the NASA Chandra X-ray telescope which reveals 25 bright X-ray sources sprinkled throughout. “Fourteen of these sources are such strong emitters of X-rays that astronomers categorize them as ‘ultra-luminous X-ray sources’ or ULXs. These ULXs are likely binary systems where a black hole or neutron star is pulling material from a companion star”, states the caption.

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This beautiful image captured is a composite image that contains X-ray data from Chandra (pink), higher-energy X-ray data from NuSTAR (purple), and optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope (white and faint brown).

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