Hubble Telescope Captures Two Galaxies Merging, Creating A New One

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Hubble telescope has captured NGC 6052, a galaxy in the Hercules constellation about 230 million light-years from us. At first glance it looks like a massive galactic firework but closer look tells us that it is in fact one of the rarest phenomenons in space, two galaxies merging together, creating a whole new one.

Hubble Telescope Captures Galaxies Merging Photo ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt
Hubble Telescope Captures Galaxies Merging Photo ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt

European Space Agency (ESA) wrote that, “It would be reasonable to think of this as a single abnormal galaxy, and it was originally classified as such. It is, in fact, a ‘new’ galaxy in the process of forming.” Scientists explained that during such an event, the stars from each galaxy and their planets are thrown off current orbits to new orbits.

It might take millions of years to form the new galaxy and the final one maybe completely different from each of the original galaxies. The new galaxy will have new constellations and new planetary formations.

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Soumyajit is an SAP technical consultant with a flair for writing. An avid blog reader, he started off with a free WordPress blog and slowly moved to his own personal news and blog site. Apart from writing he loves reading books, playing table tennis and long bike trips. He is currently trying to learn playing guitar and failing miserably.

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