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Photo: Crossing Paths

Crossing Paths

Two galaxies nicknamed the “mice” are merging together, forming a new one 300 million light-years from Earth. When the galaxies sideswiped each other long ago, they unraveled long tails of stars and gas.

Image by Holland Ford, JHU;
Garth Illingworth, UCSC/LO;
Mark Clampin and George Hartig, STSCI/ACS; NASA; ESA
From Exploring Space: The Universe in Pictures, 2004


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