Hubble telescope captures two galaxies merging into one, and the photo is out of this world

The picture is of galaxy NGC 6052, which is about 230 million light-years away in the constellation Hercules.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: January 6, 2016 6:40 pm

This picture of the galaxy NGC 6052, which is about 230 million light-years away in the constellation Hercules, has been captured by the Hubble Space Telescope that looks exactly like massive fireworks taking place in outer space.

hubble-galaxy-merger- 759 story Source: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt

“It would be reasonable to think of this as a single abnormal galaxy, and it was originally classified as such. It is, in fact, a ‘new’ galaxy in the process of forming,” European Space Agency (ESA) officials wrote in a description of the image, which was released on December 28, 2015. (Hubble is a joint mission involving NASA and ESA.)

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The officials explain that 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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  1. KAmarnathr KR
    Jan 7, 2016 at 12:59 am
    If the galaxy is 230 million light years away.... what we see now is what it was 230 million years ago. So now it might actually look very different, if we were to look at it closely.
    1. Sham dande
      Jan 9, 2016 at 2:11 pm
      Fantabulous effort