Hubble Space Telescope Spots a Galactic Collision as a Spiral Galaxies Arms are Twisted

January 30, 2015 2:55 PM

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The Hubble Space Telescope has captured two galaxies in the midst of what appears to be a galactic collision. Scientists have found that the spiral galaxy NGC 7714 has drifted too close to another nearby galaxy and that the merger is causing its spiral arms to twist drastically out of shape.

NGC 7714 is a spiral galaxy that's about 100 million light-years from Earth, which is relatively close in cosmic terms. The Hubble telescope picked up the strangely shaped arms of this galaxy in addition to a smoky golden haze that stretches out from the galaxy's center.

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