Colliding Galaxy Pair Arp 142 Takes Flight (Narrated Version)

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Duration: 48 seconds

The southern constellation Hydra is home to an unusual deep-sky object. Located 326 million light-years away, it was first cataloged in the 1960s as a peculiar galaxy. In this Hubble Space Telescope view, the celestial wonder looks more like a hummingbird next to an egg. In reality, it is a pair of galaxies that are colliding with each other. The blue galaxy once had a pinwheel shape, like that of our Milky Way. But the gravitational pull of a nearby companion galaxy has stretched it like a piece of taffy. Collisions like this were common in the early universe.

Features, Galaxies, HD Video, Interacting Galaxies


NASA, ESA, G. Bacon, L. Frattare, Z. Levay, and F. Summers (Viz 3D Team, STScI), and M. Estacion (STScI)

Publication: June 20, 2013

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