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.)
Hubble's sharp vision reveals more complexity within these galaxies,
which astronomers are interpreting as evidence of a multiple-galaxy
pileup. These images, taken by the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2,
are part of a three-year study of 123 galaxies within 3 billion
light-years of Earth. The study was conducted in 1996, 1997, and 1999.
False colors were assigned to these photos to enhance fine details
within these coalescing galaxies.
Last Update: 1 September 2019