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Although appearing as one object, this image shows two galaxies rushing past each other at about 1,243,000 miles per hour! This speed is most likely too fast for them to merge and form a single galaxy. However, because of their small separation of only about 20,000 light-years, the galaxies will distort one another through the force of gravity while passing each other, changing their structures on a grand scale.

Such galactic interactions are a common sight for Hubble, and have long been a field of study for astronomers. The intriguing behaviors of interacting galaxies take many forms; galactic cannibalism, galaxy harassment and even galaxy collisions. The Milky Way itself will eventually fall victim to the latter, merging with the Andromeda Galaxy in about 4.5 billion years. The fate of our galaxy shouldn’t be alarming though: while galaxies are populated by billions of stars, the distances between individual stars are so large that hardly any stellar collisions will occur.

Credit: ESA/NASA

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saqar._.s.m
saqar._.s.m : کیه این 😐
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
saqar._.s.m
saqar._.s.m : چجوری پیدا کرده اینجارو 😐😐
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
saqar._.s.m
saqar._.s.m : بسیارخب کامنتارو هم‌پاک میکنم
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saqar._.s.m
saqar._.s.m : میثم لطفا شماهم‌جوابشو نده
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saqar._.s.m
saqar._.s.m : 💋
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rainletin
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lupita_yoongi
lupita_yoongi : :3
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canoeofhope
canoeofhope : Wonderful
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shawnshortridge
shawnshortridge : Beautiful image
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
m.alifditama_06
m.alifditama_06 : Wonderful
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
emilylynnmarshall
emilylynnmarshall : space is still so weird and creepy
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
gabepardede_
gabepardede_ : Cool
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zwanderlusst
zwanderlusst : This page is nothing but cartoons
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
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pantone_375c : 💕
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nate_cord_
nate_cord_ :
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madiha.naseer
madiha.naseer :
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loopty_lou
loopty_lou : and this
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
annh7
annh7 : Haahh.. kajau
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
fernandocorcel
fernandocorcel : Olha isso amor 😍
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
enalda_ferreira
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Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
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abagofnutsatatime : 😁
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
storinthe_mirror_inbrief
storinthe_mirror_inbrief : Amazing findings🗣
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
happylifeworld_travel
happylifeworld_travel : 👍😊
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
seineth2584
seineth2584 : Hola. Que es lo que oculta la nasa en la constelaciòn del virgo?😨
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
seineth2584
seineth2584 : Me gustaria saber😆
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
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go.home.fin
go.home.fin : please please stop, the perpetual lies are sooo destructive to all life
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
reine_celeste
reine_celeste : I would love to see 2 galaxies circling each other in a time lapse! 😍
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
thakaremukul
thakaremukul : W
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
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khizar_saleem360 : Your stupidity is destructive to all advancement
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
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chris_drange : 👋
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