NGC 4993

NGC 4993

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News release ID: STScI-2017-41
Release Date: Oct 16, 2017
Image Use: Copyright
About this image

The galaxy NGC 4993 is located about 130 million light-years from Earth. On August 17, 2017, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory detected gravitational waves from a neutron star collision within this galaxy. The event also resulted in a flare of light called a kilonova, which is visible to the upper left of the galactic center in this Hubble Space Telescope image.


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Astronomical, Binary Stars, Exotic, Hubble Telescope, Neutron Stars, Stars

Credits

NASA and ESA
Acknowledgment: A. Levan (U. Warwick), N. Tanvir (U. Leicester), and A. Fruchter and O. Fox (STScI)