Elliptical Galaxy NGC 4993

Elliptical Galaxy NGC 4993

The elliptical galaxy NGC 4993 is located about 130 million light-years from Earth. On 17 August 2017 the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the Virgo Interferometer both detected gravitational waves from the collision of two neutron stars 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 centre in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Image Credit: NASA and ESA
Explanation from: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1717c/

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