Mergers and Acquisitions


NGC 6052 is a pair of colliding galaxies located about 230 million light-years away in the constellation of Hercules. The pair were first discovered in 1784 by William Herschel, and they were thought to be a single irregular galaxy because of their odd shape. However, NGC 6052 actually consists of two galaxies in the process of colliding.

Image Credit: ESA / NASA

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