Galactic Crash Course

A spectacular trio of merging galaxies in the constellation Boötes takes centre stage in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. These three galaxies, known to astronomers as SDSSCGB 10189, are set on a collision course and will eventually merge into a single larger galaxy, distorting one another’s spiral structure through mutual gravitational interaction in the process. An unrelated foreground galaxy appears to float serenely alongside the collision, and the smudged shapes of much more distant galaxies are visible in the background.

ESA/Hubble & NASA, M. Sun

Music: Stellardrone - Billions and Billions

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Release date:14 February 2023, 21:19
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