Hubble Shows Us A Beautiful Collision

NGC 2623 or Arp 243. (Image Credit:  NASA, ESA and A. Evans (Stony Brook University, New York)).

NGC 2623 or Arp 243. (Image Credit: NASA, ESA and A. Evans (Stony Brook University, New York)).

This image from the Hubble Space Telescope looks like a two-armed galaxy.  Instead, what is actually captured in this image are two spiral galaxies in a high-speed collision 250 million light-years away.  This double galaxy, NGC 2623 or Arp 243, is located in the constellation Cancer.  The collision has caused the two galaxies to merge at their cores, but clusters of young stars are forming in the arms.  For more information, see Discover.

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