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When Galaxies Collide: Here are Some Stunning Photos of Great Galactic Collisions

Here are some spectacular images of colliding galaxies. There are many instances where galaxies seem to be interacting with each other enough to source clear distortions of the galaxies that interact. These collisions may have an important connections with the manner in which galaxies grow with time. Here are some examples: 1. This image below shows the two galaxies colliding. NGC 2936, once a typical spiral galaxy, and NGC 2937, a minor elliptical, bear an outstanding similarity to a penguin guarding its egg.

Arp 148 is the astounding aftermath of an encounter amid two galaxies, leaving behind a ring-shaped galaxy and a long-tailed companion.

This stunning composite image of two colliding galaxies was released by NASA's Great Observatories. The collision amid the Antennae galaxies, which are situated about 62 million light-years from Earth, started more than 100 million years ago and is still happening.

The deep space object VV 340, also identified as Arp 302, is a classic example of two colliding galaxies in a bang that will take almost millions of years. VV 340 is about 450 million light-years away from Earth. This stunning image was released by NASA on Aug. 11, 2011.

This striking image provides a new look at the colliding galaxies of Stephan's Quintet. The bent, light Blue Ridge running down the midpoint of the image shows X-ray data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Four of the galaxies in the group are observable in the visual image (yellow, red, blue and white) from the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. The four galaxies here are identified as NGC 7317, NGC 7318a, NGC 7318b and NGC 7319. 

This artist’s illustration of a system called 4C60.07 displays two colliding galaxies, one of which (left) has by now turned most of its gas into stars and its black hole is emitting jets of charged particles. This galaxy is dragging gas and dust from the adjacent galaxy, where star development is happening.

These shown images, captured with the 2.1-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona, display galaxy forms that are either physically entangled or distorted by the gravity of close by neighbors.

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