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Galaxy Collision in NGC 6745

Galaxy Collision in NGC 6745

Depicts: NGC 6745, IRAS 19000+4040
Copyright: Roger Lynds (KPNO/NOAO), NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).

What appears as a bird's head, leaning over to snatch up a tasty meal, is a striking example of a galaxy collision in NGC 6745. A large spiral galaxy, with its nucleus still intact, peers at the smaller passing galaxy (nearly out of the field of view at lower right), while a bright blue beak and bright whitish-blue top feathers show the distinct path taken during the smaller galaxy's journey. These galaxies did not merely interact gravitationally as they passed one another, they actually collided.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
20-Apr-2024 10:21 UT

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