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Hubble Space Telescope captures stunning bridge of stars

A Hubble Space Telescope image of two galaxies joined by a tidal tail in Arp 248, known as Wild’s Triplet. (Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Dark Energy Survey/DOE/FNAL/DECam/CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA, J. Dalcanton)

Stretching like a celestial bridge across space, Arp 248 — also known as Wild’s Triplet — is a spectacular sight for keen-eyed astronomers.

The Hubble Space Telescope offers a new view of the mesmerizing trio in a photo released on Oct 31 that shows the dynamism of tidal tails at play, according to a statement (opens in new tab) from the European Space Agency, a partner on the mission. A tidal tail is an elongated trail of gas, dust, and stars formed by the mutual gravity of the two galaxies. In the new image, a tidal tail from one of the two foreground galaxies appears to connect the pair of galaxies, while the third galaxy in Wild’s triplet is just outside of the frame of the Hubble photo.

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