Hubble speckled wild cosmic ‘waterfall’ makes two galaxies comfortable


The Galaxy NGC 2799 appears to have its stars sucked in the middle of the 2798 galaxy on the right.

ESA / Hubble and NASA, SDSS, J. Daltonton Credits: Judy Schmidt (Gequilla)

Galactic mergers are long-lasting processes, which can take millions of years. The Hubble Space Telescope may have captured two galaxies in the early stages of this epic cosmic tango.

The longest thin-looking galaxy on the left in the Hubble image is NGC 2799, while the one on the right is its neighbor NGC 2798. Galaxies are not yet merged, but they merge together.

The European Space Agency said in a statement on Monday, “Already, these two galaxies have seemingly formed a sideways waterfall with stars from NGC 2799, appearing like drops of water in NGC 2798. Hubble. NASA and ESA have a joint project.

Galactic mergers are more gentle than you might imagine. The ESA stated, “While one would think that the merger of two galaxies would be disastrous for stellar systems, the sheer volume of space between stars means that stellar collisions are unlikely and stars typically flow from each other. , “Said ESA.

The beauty of the new image takes into account many of Hubble’s victories, such as its visualization “Godzilla Galaxy” UGC 2885 Or see the ether of a space telescope Great taboo spiral galaxy. Even after 30 years in space, it is still able to woo us.

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