Two galaxies caught in a crazy cosmic dance, entering each other in a fresh image of the space telescope icon.
Their mutual gravitational attraction draws galaxies closer and closer in this respect than Hubble Space Telescope released August 13th. The slow-motion collision, which scientists call UGC 2369, is about 424 million light-years away. (A bright year is the distance light traveled for a year, approximately 6 trillion miles or 10 million kilometers).
The two star, gas, and dust collections are so close to each other that the weak material bridge covers the intergalactic gap. This material comes from the "shrinking divide" between the two galaxies, the European Space Agency it said in a statement.
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"Interacting with others is a common occurrence in the history of most galaxies," ESA said. "For larger galaxies like the Milky Way, most of these interactions involve significantly smaller so-called dwarf galaxies. But every few billion years, a more important event can happen. "
Ours milky way, for example, is on an inevitable course of collision with the neighboring galaxy of behemoths – Andromeda. Individual star systems like ours are likely to be largely uninterrupted, but distant observers will see that the two galaxies gradually become one for some four billion years. ESA is nicknamed this new merged Milky Way galaxy.
Hubble has captured galaxies all over the sky during nearly 30 years of operation. Some of his most famous galactic images go back to the time shortly after the Big Bang that formed our universe about 13.8 billion years ago. The latest image of this kind, Ultra Deep Field, was generated in 2016.