Ron Sparkman| @UpportunityU
The term “newly birthed” has a whole different meaning in the world of astronomy. This new image from Hubble Space Telescope shows a galaxy, NGC 6052, presently forming 230 million light years away. Originally named a single abnormal galaxy, it’s now classified to a forming galaxy. “As the merging process continues, individual stars are thrown out of their original orbits and placed onto entirely new paths, some very distant from the region of the collision itself. Since the stars produce the light we see, the “galaxy” now appears to have a highly chaotic shape. Eventually, this new galaxy will settle down into a stable shape, which may not resemble either of the two original galaxies,” says the NASA article.
— HUBBLE (@HUBBLE_space) December 28, 2015
Speaking of forming galaxies, our own will combine with Andromeda to make a giant elliptical galaxy–in about 4 billion years or so. Check this video of what that will look like; it’s mesmerizing to say the least.