What NASA thought was an abnormal galaxy in the constellation of Hercules is actually a “new” galaxy currently forming. Over time, two galaxies have been drawing closer together, pulled by gravity. These two galaxies have finally collided and are now “merging into a single structure” about 230 million light-years away.
If the image from the Hubble Space Telescope looks a little blurry, that’s because “individual stars are thrown out of their original orbits” in this merging process. Eventually, the galaxies will fully combine and create a new shape unique to the two original galaxies.
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