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The magnificent ring of stars captured by Hubble is the result of a head-on collision between two galaxies

The magnificent ring of stars captured by Hubble is the result of a head-on collision between two galaxies

The magnificent ring of stars captured by Hubble is the result of a head-on collision between two galaxies

A close-up image of the Arp-Madore 417-391 galaxy merger recently taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. A nearly perfect ring of stars was created by the gravitational forces of a massive cosmic collision. (Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Dark Energy Survey/DOE/FNAL/DECam/CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA, J. Dalcanton)

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The Hubble Space Telescope captured stunning footage of a pair of colliding galaxies that were warped by the intense gravitational forces between them into a colossal, glowing ring of stars.

The twin galaxies, collectively known as Arp-Madore 417-391, lie about 670 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Eridanus, which is visible in the southern hemisphere.



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