Hubble Telescope sees disturbing galactic dance of 2 galaxies linked by the cannibalized corpse of a neighbor

The Hubble Space Telescope captured a detailed view of the large spiral galaxy NGC 3227 and its companion, an elliptical galaxy called NGC 3226, along with the faint streams of gas and dust that connect them. (Image credit: NASA, ESA, and H. Ford (Johns Hopkins University); Image processing: G. Kober (NASA Goddard/The Catholic University of America))

Two galaxies are entwined in a turbulent gravitational dance in a stunning new view from the Hubble Space Telescope.

The pair includes the large spiral galaxy NGC 3227 and the elliptical galaxy NGC 3226. The galaxies, known collectively as Arp 94, reside relatively close to Earth, 50 to 60 million light-years away near the constellation Leo.

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