Jun 12

Chance Alignment Mimics a Cosmic Collision

Source: ESA/Hubble Photo Release heic1208

Hubble view of NGC 3314.
Image credits: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)
ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and W. Keel (University of Alabama)

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced a highly detailed image of a pair of overlapping galaxies called NGC 3314. While the two galaxies look as if they are in the midst of a collision, this is in fact a trick of perspective: the two just happen to appear in the same direction from our vantage point. (read more)

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