Colliding galaxies take on the shape of a penguin guarding its egg

The Hubble Space Telescope recently captured this stunning image of a spiral galaxy in the midst of a collision with its elliptical companion. But as you can clearly see, this celestial encounter has warped the spiral galaxy into something altogether different.

Image: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Together, the duo is called Arp 142. Individually, it's the star-forming galaxy NGC 2936 and the elliptical galaxy NGC 2937 (the bright orb at lower left). Arp 142 is located 326 million light-years away in the southern constellation Hydra.


On a related note, this is what will happen when our galaxy collides with Andromeda.

Here's the new image in its full splendour.

More on what happens when galaxies collide here and here.


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