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Caption: This image shows two interacting spiral galaxies located approximately 150 million light-years away. Two spiral galaxies are involved in this dance, creating visible distortions in their spiral arms due to the gravitational pull. What is starting as an embrace in this picture, will end in the merger of those two galaxies into one, most likely elliptical, galaxy.

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Credit: ESO Credit Link
Related glossary terms: Galaxy , Spiral Galaxy
Categories: Galaxies

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Italian
Caption: Questa immagine mostra due galassie a spirale interagenti, situate a circa 150 milioni di anni luce di distanza dalla Terra. Due galassie a spirale sono coinvolte in questa danza, creando distorsioni visibili nei loro bracci a spirale a causa dell'attrazione gravitazionale. Quello che in questa immagine inizia come un abbraccio, finirà con la fusione di queste due galassie in un'unica galassia, molto probabilmente ellittica.
Credit: ESO
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Arabic
Caption: الصورة توضح مجرتين حلزونيتين متفاعلتين تقعان على بعد حوالي 150 مليون سنة ضوئية. وتبدو المجرتان الحلزونيتان وكأنهما تتشاركان في رقصة ، مما يخلق تشوهات مرئية في أذرعهما الحلزونية بسبب سحب الجاذبية. ويبدوا ان التفاعل بن المجرتين في هذه الصورة ، سوف ينتهى بإندماج هاتين المجرتين في مجرة واحدة ، على الأرجح سوف تكون بيضاوية الشكل.
Credit: حقوق الصورة تخص المرصد الأروبى الجنوبى
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