The two galaxies orbited together in a cosmic collision captured by Hubble
What does it resemble when galaxies impact? The Hubble Telescope caught a one of a kind sight as two systems are combining.
NASA says the world, called NGC 1614, is around 200 million light-years from Earth and is the aftereffect of a “galactic merger” which has made an exceptional appearance.
They call it “eccentrically shaped” and “ablaze with activity” in an announcement on NASA’s site. It sits in the star grouping of Eridanus.
The result of the cosmic collision is a progression of interstellar gas from the littler cosmic system into the core of the bigger one, “resulting in a burst of star formation that started in the core and has slowly spread outward through the galaxy,” NASA says.
Astronomers state NGC 1614 is one of the most luminous items in the nearby universe.