''Toothbrush,'' ''Firefly'' Among Galactic Smashups

''Toothbrush,'' ''Firefly'' Among Galactic Smashups
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Like a firefly hovering in space, two merging galaxies glow blue with star clusters some 650 million light-years away in the constellation of Sagittarius.

The galaxies, known collectively as ESO 593-8, will likely continue to merge and morph, scientists say, and no one is sure what shape the final galaxy might take.

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—Image by NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University), K. Noll (STScI), and J. Westphal (Caltech)
 
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