SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Moon Crash, Galaxy Merger, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Moon Crash, Galaxy Merger, More
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October 6, 2009--Bright eyes at the heart of galaxy NGC 6240 seem to peer into the void in a newly released picture that combines data from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope.

The cosmic peepers are actually a pair of supermassive black holes that are just 3,000 light-years apart. Astronomers think the black holes are in the process of merging and that they'll become one larger black hole tens to hundreds of millions of years from now.
— X-ray image courtesy (NASA/CXC/MIT/C.Canizares, M.Nowak); optical image courtesy (NASA/STScI)
 
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