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Hubble Image of the Week: Galaxy 2MASX J16270254+4328340

Hubble Image of the Week: Galaxy 2MASX J16270254+4328340

Hubble Image of the Week – A Distinctly Disorganized Dwarf Galaxy

Hubble Image of the Week – A Distinctly Disorganized Dwarf Galaxy

Hubble Image of the Week – NGC 4424 and LEDA 213994

Hubble Image of the Week – NGC 4424 and LEDA 213994

This newly released Hubble image shows a pair of interacting galaxies known as NGC 3921.

This newly released Hubble image shows a pair of interacting galaxies known as NGC 3921.

Hubble Image of the Week – Elliptical Galaxy NGC 2768

Hubble Image of the Week – Elliptical Galaxy NGC 2768

the star-forming region known as Messier 17 - or more commonly the Omega or Swan Nebula - which lies in the Sagittarius constellation. It is a vast region of gas, dust and hot young stars in the heart of the Milky Way.

This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a beautiful spiral galaxy known as PGC 54493, located in the constellation of Serpens (The Serpent). This galaxy is part of a galaxy cluster that has been studied by astronomers exploring an intriguing phenomenon known as weak gravitational lensing. - Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a beautiful spiral galaxy known as PGC 54493, located in the constellation of Serpens (The Serpent). This galaxy is part of a galaxy cluster that has been studied by astronomers exploring an intriguing phenomenon known as weak gravitational lensing. - Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

Here we see two spiral galaxies engaged in a cosmic tug-of-war — but in this contest, there will be no winner. The structures of both objects are slowly distorted to resemble new forms, and in some cases, merge together to form new, super galaxies. This particular fate is similar to that of the Milky Way Galaxy, when it will ultimately merge with our closest galactic partner, the Andromeda Galaxy. There is no need to panic however, as this process takes several hundreds of millions of years.

Here we see two spiral galaxies engaged in a cosmic tug-of-war — but in this contest, there will be no winner. The structures of both objects are slowly distorted to resemble new forms, and in some cases, merge together to form new, super galaxies. This particular fate is similar to that of the Milky Way Galaxy, when it will ultimately merge with our closest galactic partner, the Andromeda Galaxy. There is no need to panic however, as this process takes several hundreds of millions of years.

Hubble Space Telescope Image of the Week – Unusual Galaxy IRAS 06076-2139

Hubble Space Telescope Image of the Week – Unusual Galaxy IRAS 06076-2139