In this spectacular image captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the galaxy NGC 2799 (on the left) is seemingly being pulled into the center of the galaxy NGC 2798 (on the right).

Interacting galaxies, such as these, are so named because of the influence they have on each other, which may eventually result in a merger or a unique formation. Already, these two galaxies have seemingly formed a sideways waterspout, with stars from NGC 2799 appearing to fall into NGC 2798 almost like drops of water.

Galactic mergers can take place over several hundred million to over a billion years. While one might think the merger of two galaxies would be catastrophic for the stellar systems within, the sheer amount of space between stars means that stellar collisions are unlikely and stars typically drift past each other.

Text credit: European Space Agency (ESA)
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, SDSS, J. Dalcanton; Acknowledgment: Judy Schmidt (Geckzilla)

在NASA/ESA哈勃太空望远镜拍摄的这张壮观的照片中,星系NGC 2799(左)似乎被拉入了星系NGC 2798(右)的中心。

之所以如此称呼相互作用的星系,是因为它们相互之间具有影响,最终可能导致合并或形成独特的星系。 这两个星系似乎已经形成了侧向卷,NGC 2799的恒星似乎像水滴一样落入NGC 2798。

星系合并可以在几亿到十亿年之间发生。虽然有人可能认为两个星系的合并会对内部的恒星系统造成灾难性的影响,但恒星之间巨的空间意味着恒星之间不太可能发生碰撞,恒星通常会从彼此身边漂移过去。

文字来源:欧洲航天局(ESA)
图片来源:ESA/Hubble & NASA, SDSS, J. Dalcanton;致谢:朱迪·施密特(Geckzilla)

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烟烟 白

好像若干年后银河系与仙女座星系的预演

忠洋 张

银河系与仙女座在感受到彼此之间强大的引力之后,会像双星系统一样。相互纠缠围绕。而后合二为一。