The Hubble Space Telescope sees three galaxies about to collide

A stunning new image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows three galaxies headed for a collision and merger. Although galactic collisions are fairly common, this one is rare because each of the trio of galaxies is in the process of giving birth to new stars.

The three galaxiesseen in the constellation Booted, will eventually merge to form a single large galaxy. In the process, the spiral structure the galaxies now display will be obliterated as a result of gravitational interactions between the trio.

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