The Hubble telescope captured the “galactic wings” – the result of the collision of two galaxies

Despite the fact that the Hubble telescope went into space more than 30 years ago, it continues to be a useful scientific instrument that regularly transmits impressive images to Earth. This time, “galactic wings” came into the telescope’s field of view, which were formed as a result of the collision of two massive galaxies.

Image Source: ESA / NASA

An unusual object was recorded in the VV689 system, which is known as the “Angel Wing” and is located in the constellation Leo. According to the European Space Agency, the wing-like structure was formed as a result of the collision of two massive galaxies that have been in the process of merging for billions of years.

“Unlike the random alignment of galaxies, which only appear to overlap when viewed from our vantage point on Earth, two galaxies in the VV689 system are in the midst of a collision. As a result of this interaction, the VV689 system became almost completely symmetrical, due to which the galactic wings were formed.the ESA said in a statement.

According to available data, the image of “galactic wings” was discovered as part of the civil science project Galaxy Zoo, whose members help astronomers sort and classify images taken from robotic telescopes. During the implementation of this program, volunteers have discovered many interesting objects, some of which scientists plan to observe in the future.

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