Newly released Hubble image of Galaxy NGC 1222
This newly released image of galaxy NGC 1222 was captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
NGC 1222 is located 100 milion light-years away. The galaxy has been described as a peculiar example of a type of galaxy known as a lenticular galaxy.
Typically, this kind of galaxy would present a rather smooth appearance and consist mostly of old, reddish stars. But NGC 1222 is certainly not a typical member of its class — and it’s anything but dull.
NGC 1222 contains three compact regions, each of which appears to be the central nucleus of a galaxy and astronomers believe the galaxy is in the process of swallowing up two much smaller dwarf galaxies that strayed too close to it.