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Two galaxies are caught in a crazy cosmic dance, pulling at each other in a fresh image from a space telescope icon.
Their mutual gravitational attraction is pulling the galaxies closer and closer together in this view from the Hubble Space Telescope released Aug. 13. The slow-motion galaxy collision, which scientists call UGC 2369, is about 424 million light-years away . (A light-year is the distance light travels in a year, roughly 6 trillion miles or 10 million kilometers).
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The two collections of stars, gas and dust are so close to each other that a faint bridge of material spans the intergalactic gap. This material came from the "diminishing divide" between the two galaxies, the European Space Agency said in a statement.
"Interaction with others is a common event in the history of most galaxies," ESA stated. "For larger galaxies like the Milky Way, the majority of...
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