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These two mighty galaxies are pulling each other apart. Known as the "Mice" because they have such long tails, each spiral galaxy has likely already passed through the other. The long tails are created by the relative difference between gravitational pulls on the near and far parts of each galaxy. Because the distances are so large, the cosmic interaction takes place in slow motion -- over hundreds of millions of years. NGC 4676 lies about 300 million light-years away toward the…

These two mighty galaxies are pulling each other apart. Known as the "Mice" because they have such long tails, each spiral galaxy has likely already passed through the other. The long tails are created by the relative difference between gravitational pulls on the near and far parts of each galaxy. Because the distances are so large, the cosmic interaction takes place in slow motion -- over hundreds of millions of years. NGC 4676 lies about 300 million light-years away toward the…

An interacting colossus Name: IC 4970, NGC 6872 Type: • Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral • Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting • X - Galaxies Images Distance: 300 million light years Constellation: Pavo Credit: Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

An interacting colossus Name: IC 4970, NGC 6872 Type: • Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral • Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting • X - Galaxies Images Distance: 300 million light years Constellation: Pavo Credit: Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

Images from NASA's LRO spacecraft show all of the known mare and highland pits. <br />

Images from NASA's LRO spacecraft show all of the known mare and highland pits. <br />

willymaykit: “ Evolution in slow motion It is known today that merging galaxies play a large role in the evolution of galaxies and the formation of elliptical galaxies in particular. However there are...

willymaykit: “ Evolution in slow motion It is known today that merging galaxies play a large role in the evolution of galaxies and the formation of elliptical galaxies in particular. However there are...

The Corrugated Galaxy // P-i-P says: This hints at the possibility that the Milky Way, instead of extending nearly 100,000 light-years from one side to the other - as previously thought - it would be more like 160,000 light-years wide. This brings the Milky Way's size up to that of Andromeda! (P-i-P)

The Corrugated Galaxy // P-i-P says: This hints at the possibility that the Milky Way, instead of extending nearly 100,000 light-years from one side to the other - as previously thought - it would be more like 160,000 light-years wide. This brings the Milky Way's size up to that of Andromeda! (P-i-P)

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