What happens when galaxies collide? See NASA pics here
The vast cosmos is a melting pot of cosmic events that leaves one spellbound. The spectacular occurrences of supernovas, comets and star collisions, occur once in a blue moon which is quite difficult for us humans to capture.
However, a recent tweet by the NASA Hubble Space Telescope is creating quite a buzz in the media.
The tweet is a series of images of “galaxy merger” aka galaxy collision which is a rare event in itself where dramatic changes occur in the appearance as well as stellar content. The physical conditions though quite extreme but the resulting view is worth it.
Check the images yourself in the tweet
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope meant to celebrate a new year with the published montage of six beautiful galaxy mergers. According to the deep space telescope, each of these merging systems was studied as part of the recent HiPEEC survey to investigate the rate of new star formation within such systems. “These interactions are a key aspect of galaxy evolution and are among the most spectacular events in the lifetime of a galaxy.”
“It is during rare merging events that galaxies undergo dramatic changes in their appearance and in their stellar content. These systems are excellent laboratories to trace the formation of star clusters under extreme physical conditions,” stated the official website of the space agency.