(ORDO NEWS) — NASA specialists received new images taken with the modern Hubble telescope. On them it is clearly noticeable how at once three different galaxies are torn to pieces in the struggle with each other.
The battle is attended by the galaxy cluster Arp 195, which is located at a distance of about 400 light-years from our planet. Scientists speculate that the Milky Way could also be destroyed in a similar way if a collision with the Andromeda galaxy occurs a few billion years later.
This is reported by space.com.
These images were taken by the Hubble telescope more than two weeks ago and are considered unique. The photo shows three related galaxies, which were influenced by the gravitational attraction of each other.
They are spiraling and too close. During the movement, a collision occurs, which provokes the “pulling out” of a certain amount of matter by one galaxy from the rest.
The largest galaxy has a strong enough gravity and it successfully uses it. Due to this, it takes matter in two other galaxies, and also creates a huge cloud of gas and dust, which is also clearly visible in the obtained images.
At the very end of this incredible confrontation, three objects will merge into one huge one. In this case, the number of new stars may also increase due to the fact that additional matter will appear.
The Milky Way in about 4.5 billion years may collide with the Andromeda galaxy and then they will merge. In our case, many stars will be destroyed, but the solar system should not be affected. Although it may well change the way of rotation, after all, a completely new galactic center will appear.
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