Hubble And The Interacting Galaxies of Leo

 

interacting-galaxies_1009_990x742Interacting Galaxy Pair

Photograph courtesy NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Two galaxies, known collectively as Arp 87, distort as their gravitational fields interact. The larger of the pair, NGC 3808, is drawing stars, gas, and dust from the smaller. Both galaxies are spiral-shaped and located about 300 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Leo.

courtesy of:  http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/photos/hubble-images-gallery/

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