Hubble Finds Galaxy's Stars Scattered Far from Home

January 30, 2015 11:53 AM

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Hubble Finds Galaxy's Stars Scattered Far from Home

This mesmerizing observation by the Hubble Space Telescope shows galaxy NGC 7714 in a state of turmoil.

Between 100-200 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed Earth, NGC 7714 got too close to another galaxy (NGC 7715, out of frame, right) and the extreme tidal forces dragged one of its once-elegant spiral arms deep into intergalactic space. The scattered stars now form a stellar bridge to the second...

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