|Quite a bit of commotion is happening 114 million light years away
with these two galaxies! The smaller of the two galaxies is approximately the
same size as our own Milky Way galaxy. These galaxies are passing very near to
one another so that their mutual gravitation influence distorts the shape
of the other. Look closely to see a brown arc to the right of the nucleus of
the smaller galaxy. This is the spiral arm of the larger galaxy (NGC 2207)
which is in the foreground. This galactic dance is begining to trigger
massive regions of star formations (barely discernable here as pink
dots along the spiral arms).
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
Minimum credit line: Thalia and Norman Terrell/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
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