space Awe-Inspiring Images Of Galaxies Colliding  

Maggie Clancy
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Our universe is always expanding, but thanks to the gravitational pull of neighboring stars, galaxies crash into each other in spectacular fashion. What happens when galaxies collide? The stars of each galaxy do not simply smash into each other and create space debris and stardust. Rather, the dust and gases of adjacent galaxies interact, creating shock waves that can birth new stars or black holes. Galaxies can even combine during an eventful collision, which can take millions of years to occur. 

Thanks to sophisticated technology like the Hubble Space Telescope, we may not be able to observe the entire process of collision and galaxy merging, but we do get some pretty dreamy photos of galaxies colliding. For those who love awesome pictures of space, enjoy the universe in action with these stunning photos of not worlds, but galaxies colliding. 

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The Spiral Galaxies Of Arp 271 Connect Briefly, Threatening Collision


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Photo: Gemini Observatory, GMOS-South, NSF
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This Cosmic Knot, NGC 2623, Is The Aftermath Of Two Galaxies Merging


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Photo: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope
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Two Large Galaxies, Known As The Antennae, Are Colliding And Triggering Super Star Cluster Formations


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Photo:  Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA
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Two Intertwined Galaxies In Leo Warp Orbit Patterns And Defy Convention With Gravitational Rifts


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Photo: ESA/Hubble & NASA
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