A Galaxy pair known as ‘The Mice Galaxies’!

NGC 4676 (Credit : NASA)

NGC 4676 – this spectacular pair of mighty spirals which are colliding, merging and pulling each other apart – are known as The Mice Galaxies due to the long tails seen in both! As there is a difference between gravitational pulls on the near and far parts of the galaxies, it produces a tidal force that results in these spectacular long tails. This pair is expected to eventually merge into a single giant galaxy. It presents a view of what might happen when Milky Way and Andromeda collides some billions of years later.

This picture has been clicked by Hubble Space Telescope of NASA in 2002.

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Residing in the Solar System (Milky Way), lost in the beauty of Nature and the vastness of Universe, I am just another Earthling trying to make sense of life!
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2 Responses to A Galaxy pair known as ‘The Mice Galaxies’!

  1. Nice pictures! Good Work.

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