Hubble Telescope Sees 2 galaxies in a Cosmic Dance
by Space.com staff
A stunning new photo from the Hubble Space Telescope has captured the perfect galactic portrait: two galaxies that are so different from one another, yet together represent most known galaxies in our universe.
The new Hubble picture shows the elliptical galaxy Messier 60, and the spiral NGC 4647. Together, the pair is known as Arp 116.
These two types of galaxies (spiral and elliptical) are thought to include most of the galaxies found in the cosmos. Our Milky Way galaxy, for example, is a spiral, as is our nearest neighbor Andromeda. Spiral galaxies contain more young, hot stars that shine in bright blue light, delineating their swirling spiral arms…
(read more: Live Science) (image: NASA/ESA)