Cosmic specs


Astronomers spot two galaxies brushing past each other.


ALMA (ESO / NAOJ / NRAO) / M. Kaufman

Astronomers spend their time gazing out into the universe — and occasionally the universe seems to peer right back!

This image, a composite of data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows a very rare cosmic sight: a pair of interacting galaxies that have taken on an ocular structure.

These two galaxies are named IC 2163 (left) and NGC 2207 (right). The duo lies approximately 114 million light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation of Canis Major (The Greater Dog).

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