(ORDO NEWS) — The Hubble Space Telescope captured two intersecting spiral galaxies SDSS J115331 and LEDA 2073461, which are more than a billion light-years away from Earth.
Despite the apparent collision in this image, the alignment of the two galaxies likely happened by accident – these galaxies are not actually interacting.
The image is one of many observations by Hubble, which is conducting research as part of the Galaxy Zoo project.
Created in 2007, Galaxy Zoo and its successors are citizen science projects created to classify galaxies by hundreds of thousands of volunteers.
During the original Galaxy Zoo project, volunteers have discovered many amazing galaxies, such as unusual three-arm spiral galaxies and colliding ring galaxies.
The astronomers coordinating the project have applied to observe the most unusual inhabitants of the Galaxy Zoo using Hubble. The list of goals was formed by voting of the project participants.
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