In the Image of the Week heading on the NASA / ESA Hubble Space Telescope website, there is a stunning snapshot of the structure designated IC 1623.

The named formation is a pair of interacting galaxies. They are located at a distance of about 275 million light-years from us in the constellation Cetus. It is noted that the galaxies are in the final stage of merging.

Scientists believe IC 1623 will experience a burst of star formation. The collision of two galaxies will start the processes of intensive formation of new stars: stars will begin to be born at a very high speed.

The Hubble telescope observed a pair of IC 1623s back in 2008, when the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) was used for filming. This time the observations were made with Wide Field Camera 3, the most technologically advanced instrument of the orbiting observatory. The shooting was carried out in various ranges – from infrared to ultraviolet.

In the future, the study of IC 1623 is planned to continue using the James Webb Space Telescope, which will be launched into space at the end of this year.