Mergers and Acquisitions

While most galaxies live their own separate, solitary lives, others stray a little too close to a near neighbor. These two galaxies, cataloged as NGC 6285 (left) and NGC 6286 (right)—and as Arp 293 (the pair), have done just that. They are interacting with their mutual gravitational attraction pulling wisps of gas and streams of dust from each other, distorting their shapes.

Image Credit: NASA / ESA

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