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Magic Galaxy Collision – Stunning Hubble Telescope image

The Universe as Painted: Object Arp 282 – and Many Other Galaxies in the Background (ESA / Hubble & NASA, J. Dalcanton,)

A particularly good example of the interaction between galaxies is the object Arp 282 from the “Catalog of Strange Galaxies” by astronomer Halton Arp.

The Hubble Space Telescope has taken an amazing image of this pair of galaxies, about 300 million light-years away in the constellation Andromeda.

A large, somewhat yellow-reddish spiral galaxy with a silhouette of large clouds of dust is not completely flat, but slightly curved. In the center above it is a smaller, blue-whitish galaxy surrounded by a veil of stars.

The view looks almost three-dimensional

In addition, stars and dust flow from a small galaxy to a larger one. The landscape resembles summer rain clouds.

The photograph from Hubble gives an almost three-dimensional impression of this cosmic relationship. Arp 282 shows at first glance that galaxies are attracting and deforming each other.

Such a meeting takes place in a super slow motion. It takes hundreds of millions of years for two galaxies to pass each other. Sometimes they literally dance around each other and then merge.

In about four billion years, our Milky Way will also become a “special galaxy.” Then the Andromeda galaxy passes through – and the Milky Way and Andromeda bend significantly.

NASA observation information Arp 282Hubble Space Telescope