Hubble telescope sees ghostly galactic dance of 2 galaxies connected by the corpse of a cannibalized neighbor

The Hubble Space Telescope captured a detailed image of the large spiral galaxy NGC 3227 and its companion, an elliptical galaxy called NGC 3226, along with the faint tidal flows of gas and dust connecting them. Credit: NASA, ESA and H. Ford (Johns Hopkins University); Image Processing: G. Kober (NASA Goddard/Catholic University of America))

Two galaxies intertwine in a turbulent gravitational dance in a stunning new image from the Hubble Space Telescope.

The pair includes the large spiral galaxy NGC 3227 and the elliptical galaxy NGC 3226. The galaxies, collectively known as Arp 94, are located relatively close to Earth, at a distance of 50 million to 60 million light-years, near the constellation Leo. .

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