Zoom on NGC 4993

NASA, STScI, Hubble Space Telescope, Axel Mellinger, and Digitized Sky Survey

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This movie zooms into the constellation Hydra to focus on the galaxy NGC 4993. Within this galaxy, a neutron star collision generated gravitational waves and an associated gamma-ray burst (GRB). It also resulted in a glow called a kilonova that was visible to telescopes including the Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble images were taken on August 22, 26, and 28, 2017, and show the glow fading over time.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. DePasquale and G. Bacon (STScI)
Acknowledgment: A. Mellinger; Digitized Sky Survey (DSS), STScI/AURA

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  • Title: Zoom on NGC 4993
  • Creator: NASA, STScI, Hubble Space Telescope, Axel Mellinger, Digitized Sky Survey
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