Hubble Space Telescope captures Galactic Siblings Clashing With Each Other
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Dalcanton

Yes, you read that right, galactic siblings – galaxies – do collide with each other. They aren’t static. Like siblings fight at their home in a similar way galaxies also clash with each other. Galaxies pull and push each other and sometimes even merge. Like in the case of The Milky Way Galaxy that has swallowed many small galaxies.

Recently fixed by NASA, The Hubble Space Telescope captured something similar in an iconic image where the three galaxies were coming towards each other and acting like “the squabbling galactic siblings.”

The images by Hubble represent the gravitational tug-of-war between the three galaxies of the Lynx constellation. The galaxy images show that there’s a tail attached to the right part of the galaxy, known as the ‘Tidal Tail.’ It appears only when the galaxy’s gases and other segments clash.

This dramatic triplet of galaxies is named Arp 195, from the name of the astronomer Halton Arp. It was an uncertain capture from the Hubble telescope. 

The images are a part of the Arp’s 1966 Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies. The preface of the Atlas says, “Appreciation of these peculiarities is important to build a realistic picture of what galaxies are like.”

These images obtained are not truly original as the photographs from the telescope are black and white. Later, the experts add colors to the images via chemicals – red for sulfur, blue for hydrogen, and so on.

All others on Earth hold the same rivalry issue. Now, this even goes beyond earth.


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