ESO 507-70 is an odd-looking galaxy that is probably the remnant of an earlier merger process. It is a chaotic swirl of gas, dust and stars with no sign of the conjectured original spiral or elliptical structure, now lost and distorted beyond recognition in a gravitational encounter with another galaxy. ESO 507-70 is some 300 million light-years away from Earth toward the constellation of Hydra, the Water Snake.
This image is part of a large collection of 59 images of merging galaxies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and released on the occasion of its 18th anniversary on 24th April 2008.
Object Names: ESO 507-70, ESO 507-G070, AM 1300-233
Image Type: Astronomical
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