Hubble Space Telescope Captures 'Galactic Duo' in Space
Geek.com - Sat 10 Aug 13:02 GMT

Galaxies like to pair up, too: The Hubble Space Telescope recently captured two galaxies at play and they make the brightest “galactic duo” in space. The galaxy couple, also known as UGC 2369, …

  Galaxies like to pair up, too: The Hubble Space Telescope recently captured two galaxies at play and they make the brightest “galactic duo” in space.

  The galaxy couple, also known as UGC 2369, isn’t your typical celestial sight: In the image, the galaxies are interacting, which means that their mutual gravitational attraction is drawing them closer together and messing up their shapes in the process, according to a NASA press release.

  A very weak bridge of dust, gas, and stars are shown connecting the two galaxies and it was developed when they pulled material out into space across the area dividing them.

  NASA says interaction is a common event that occurs between most galaxies.

  A majority of larger galaxies, such as the Milky Way, have interactions that involve much smaller “dwarf” galaxies.

  Every few billion years, a more important pairing can occur though, where massive galaxies collide.

  The Milky Way’s next big occurrence is expected to take place in roughly four billion years, when it will merge with the Andromeda galaxy, its larger neighbor.