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Hubble telescope captures dazzling embrace of merging galaxies

Two merging galaxies’ immense gravity warps their arms into an embrace in a stunning new image from the Hubble Space Telescope.

The galaxy merger, Arp-Madore 417-391, was first described in the Arp-Madore catalog of strange and unusual galaxies and is located about 670 million light-years away, in the Southern Hemisphere constellation Eridanus. What makes this particular galaxy merger so compelling is the force of the two galaxies’ gravity twisting and distorting their shapes to form an irregular ring, with the nuclei of the two colliding galaxies left side by side on the bottom left of the structure, Hubble Space Telescope scientists explained in a statement.

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