Hubble Space Telescope, which belongs to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA), has recently captured two galaxies identified as NGC 6285 and NGC 6286 warping each other by the power of their gravities. It is to be noted that the two galaxies are locked in a gravitational dance of truly cosmic proportions. Together, the galaxies form the stellar duo Arp 293 in the constellation Draco the Dragon.
In a statement, NASA said, "Some galaxies are closer friends than others. While many live their own separate, solitary lives, others stray a little too close to a near neighbor and take their friendship even deeper."
Take a look at the mesemrising image of the galactic duo:
NASA’s Hubble Telescope Captures Dynamic Galactic Duo (Image Credit: NASA)
"The two galaxies in this image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, named NGC 6285 (left) and NGC 6286 (right), have done just that! Together, the duo is named Arp 293 and they are interacting, their mutual gravitational attraction pulling wisps of gas and streams of dust from them, distorting their shapes, and gently smudging and blurring their appearances on the sky — to Earth-based observers, at least," NASA added.
Importantly, Arp 293 is located in the constellation of Draco (the Dragon) and lies over 250 million light-years from Earth.
Recently, Hubble captured two galaxies of equal size in a collision that appears to resemble a ghostly face. Hubble had said, “The Red Spider Nebula might look like a cosmic arachnid, but it's actually the cast-off outer layers of a dying Sun-like star. The hot star's powerful stellar winds create waves in the expelled gas.”
It is worth mentioning here that Hubble has viewed a number of interacting pairs. These can have distinctive, beautiful, and downright odd shapes, ranging from sheet music to a spaceship entering a sci-fi-esque wormhole, a bouquet of celestial blooms and a penguin fiercely guarding its precious egg.