galaxies are squaring off in Virgo
and here are the latest pictures. When two
collide, the stars that compose
them usually do not.
This is because galaxies
are mostly empty space and, however bright, stars only take up only a
small fraction of that space.
But during the
one galaxy can rip the other apart gravitationally, and dust and gas
common to both galaxies does
If the two galaxies
merge, black holes that likely
resided in each galaxy center
Because the distances are so large, the
thing takes place in slow motion
-- over hundreds of millions of years.
Besides the two
a smaller third galaxy is visible on the far left of the
image of Arp 274, also known as
Arp 274 spans about 200,000
years across and lies about 400
million light years away toward the