Seeing Double


This particular object in the constellation Lepus stands out from the crowd. It’s actually  two separate galaxies whooshing past each other at about 2 million km/h. That’s probably so fast that they won’t merge and form a single galaxy. However, because they’ll pass within about 20,000 light-years of each other, the galaxies will distort one another through the force of gravity, warping each other on a grand scale.

Image Credit: ESA / NASA