Hubble Telescope Captures Two Galaxies Merging Into One

IMAGE: ESA/HUBBLE & NASA, ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: JUDY SCHMIDT
IMAGE: ESA/HUBBLE & NASA, ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: JUDY SCHMIDT
The Hubble telescope has captured some amazing images over it’s lifetime. This one is no different.

The image seen above, which was taken with a camera on board the NASA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the galaxy NGC 6052, which is located 230 million light-years away.

Despite the fact that Galaxy mergers are relatively common throughout the universe, this is still one incredible photo.

According to a statement from NASA, the new galaxy may not resemble either previous one.

As the merging process continues, individual stars are thrown out of their original orbits and placed onto entirely new paths, some very distant from the region of the collision itself. Since the stars produce the light we see, the “galaxy” now appears to have a highly chaotic shape. Eventually, this new galaxy will settle down into a stable shape, which may not resemble either of the two original galaxies.

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