The James Webb Space Telescope had captured the imaginations of anyone who thinks about the starry sky beyond our little planet. As it turns out, the good old Hubble Space Telescope still has images to offer. Here’s more from Astronomy Now:
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a bird’s eye view of three galaxies in the constellation Bootes that are in the process of crashing together in a slow-motion merger that eventually will produce a single massive starswarm. A closer galaxy stands alone to the left amid numerous much more distant background galaxies. The three colliding galaxies are within just 50,000 light years of each other, a stone’s throw as intergalactic distances go. For comparison, the nearest large galaxy to the Milky Way – Andromeda – is some 2.5 million light years away. The ongoing merger was observed as part of an ongoing study to understand the origins of the most massive galaxies in the cosmos.
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