Multiple Galaxy Collisions
Copyright: NASA, Kirk Borne (Raytheon and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.), Luis Colina (Instituto de Fisica de Cantabria, Spain), and Howard Bushouse and Ray Lucas (Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md.)
Astronomers have interpreted the oddly shaped objects in these NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope snapshots as strong visual evidence for multiple galaxies crashing into each other. These smashups create a tangled clump of matter and trigger a burst of new stars.
Last Update: 1 September 2019