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

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