Apparently on a collision course: the galaxies NGC 3314 and NGC 3312. Image: NASA / ESA
The Hubble Space Telescope has recently delivered a picture of the vastness of space, which at first glance shows a collision between two galaxies. Astronomers, however, believe in an optical illusion. The two galaxies NGC 3314 and NGC 3312, in the middle of a galactic collision? a plausible signature for the layman for this photo, which was provided by the Hubble Space Telescope: Image: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage (STScI / AURA) -ESA / Hubble Collaboration, and W. Keel (University of Alabama) NGC 3314? to see in the foreground? seems to be deformed. Such turbulence could be a sign of a collision. Because enormous gravitational forces deform galaxies long before they actually collide. Scientists from NASA and ESA have calculated the orbits of the two galaxies that they are virtually undisturbed? and that the galaxies are in no danger of colliding.

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