See two galaxies in the process of merging in this Dark Energy
The two galaxies in this image, NGC 1512 and NGC 1510, are part of an interacting pair
Galaxy NGC 1512, which is the bigger galaxy on the left of the image
galaxy NGC 1510, is a dwarf lenticular galaxy, meaning it is a small type of galaxy
The pair is located in the constellation of Horologium, or the Pendulum Clock, which is visible in the southern hemisphere
at 60 million light-years away they were imaged in detail by using NOIRLab’s Dark Energy Camera
This instument was designed for investigating dark matter in a project called the Dark Energy Survey.
This project looked at wide fields of space to understand more about dark energy