Two spiral galaxies captured by the Hubble Space Telescope

The orbiting observatory has been used by astronomers to image a side-on and face-on a spiral galaxy in the same shot.

Two spiral galaxies captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, K. Larson et al.

This twisty character and straight sidekick are two spiral galaxies (the one on the right is viewed edge-on) called NGC 6285 and NGC 6286, near-neighbours 250 million lightyears away in the constellation of Draco, the dragon.

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Known together as ARP 293, the pair are interacting, their mutual gravitational attraction drawing wisps of gas and dust from each other, bending each out of shape in the process.

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Observatory ESA/Hubble & NASA, K. Larson et al. Space Telescope

Release date 30 November 2019

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Credit ESA/Hubble & NASA, K. Larson et al.