The result of the collision of two galaxies has become “penguin”




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Orbiting Astronomical Observatory “Hubble” did a terrific picture of collision of two galaxies. On close picked apart the galaxies begin to interact, changing each other. They are either merged or tear each other. Extraordinarily beautiful sight.

The lower center of the photo is visible galaxy NGC 2936. It can be recognized by a twisted shape and the color blue. NGC 2936 is one of the two galaxies, forming the structure of Arp 142 in the constellation Hydra. Some astronomers name-calling formation of a “penguin” because of its similarity to the outer flightless sea bird. Before meeting with his cosmic companion NGC 2936 lived the life of a standard spiral galaxy.

The remains of the spiral structure can still be seen – the so-called “eye” penguin. Other parts of NGC 2936 in the form of bright streaks of red and blue colors, forming the “body” of space birds are drawn to the second galaxy, elliptical NGC 2937. Last seen in the figure as a glowing white oval-like “egg”.

Arp 142

The gravitational interaction between the two galaxies can be devastating. Approximation of NGC 2936 and NGC 2937 leads to a change of matter and chaos.

Formation of Arp 142 was named after the American astronomer Halton Arp, who in the 60s of the last century created the Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies.

In the foreground you can see photos of two stars that belong to a different galaxy. However, since this galaxy is too far away from NGC 2936 and NGC 2937, it does not take part in the formation of Arp 142. The same applies to the galaxies around NGC 2936, which, although they are at a great distance from us, but fall into the heavy-duty lens telescope Hubble.

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