Hubble image shows collision of galaxies causing them to warp

This interacting galaxy duo is collectively called Arp 142.

This interacting galaxy duo is collectively called Arp 142.
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In this interesting image of two galaxies 326 million light years away, a collision between a spiral and an elliptical galaxy is making one of them warp into this shape. The flat disk of the spiral NGC 2936 is warped into the profile of a bird by the gravitational tug of the companion NGC 2937. The object was first cataloged as a “peculiar galaxy” by Halton Arp in the 1960s.

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