Mergers and Acquisitions

This is a  simulation of the formation of the galaxy known as “The Mice.” It shows the merger of two spiral galaxies, and it pauses and rotates the point of view at the stage resembling a Hubble  image of “The Mice,” dissolving to that image and them back to the simulation to finish the merger.

Video Credit: Josh Barnes (University of Hawaii) and John Hibbard (National Radio Astronomy Observatory)