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Above: A spiral galaxy with a tail like a peacock interacts…Read More »

with a second, elliptical, galaxy in this Hubble telescope snapshot. NGC 2936, the spiral galaxy on top, and NGC 2937, the elliptical galaxy on the bottom, are close enough together that each's gravity affects the other. Because of these interactions, the spiral galaxy unwinds and stretches, causing gases and dusts to compress into new stars, seen in blue. The elliptical galaxy has little gas or dust to form new stars, and the reddish stars seen are older.    Less «
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