Hubble Telescope Captures Two Colliding Galaxies Conducting Deadly Dance

June 20, 2013 7:05 PM

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The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a new, spectacular image of two galaxies colliding. The interacting galaxies, known as Arp 142, are currently conducting a dance that will either lead to their eventual merge--or their mutual destruction.

When two galaxies stray too close to one another, they begin to interact, causing spectacular changes in both objects. Just below the center of this image, you can see the blue, twisted form of galaxy NGC 2936 in the constellation Hydra. Nicknamed "The Penguin" or "the Porpoise" by amateur astronome...

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