Two galaxies are slowly merging together

What’s cooler than two galaxies merging together? That’s right, nothing.

In recent events, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope caught this picture of two galaxies coming together to become one. Have a look below!

Two Galaxies Into One //

The significance of something like this is incredible. Astronomers are able to look closely at the galaxies and study them, slowly revealing what goes on inside them. For me, this is a topic I’m almost over the roof about.

The name of this particular galaxy formation is called NGC 6052, and it’s located 230 million light years away in the constellation of Hercules. Sure, that sounds like a lot when you put it into those terms, but allow me to explain in different terms how insanely far away NGC 6052 is. Putting it into physics terms, the galaxies are 7.051832e+7pc away in distance. (PC meaning parsec, and e as in measuring a unit of elementary charge. A constant often used in math.) When you put it into miles, you get an even bigger number – 1mi 2.379668e+24yd. Pretty dang far away.

Moving on, before realizing that NGC 6052 was two galaxies forming into one, scientists thought that this was an abnormal galaxy. With further research and looking closely at the big picture, its true nature was established.

However, two galaxies merging isn’t just them becoming one huge galaxy – it gets a bit more complicated. The gas in each one sends off strong tidal forces and they end up creating loads of stars. NGC has been doing so for about 400 million years, and each year, it averages to about 42 stars with equivalent mass as our sun.

NGC 6052 will continue to expand, merge, and let off stars for another 400 billions of years, give or take. You know what that means? We have a crap ton of time to learn about it and discover how to get there! (Right?)

But in the mean time, check out this cool video on how it would (possibly) look to have them merge together and complete its course. It takes us on a sped up time lapse of nearly 3 billion years, and it’s absolutely gorgeous.

Source : IFLScience

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You may or may not have seen me dancing around on our YouTube channel. I really love psychology and dissecting shows/film. Also your token anime nerd.