A gas stream from galaxy ESO 137-001 shines brightly in X-rays captured by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. The galaxy is captured in other wavelengths by the Hubble Space Telescope. The gas stream is due to the galaxy running into superheated gas in the region. Credit: NASA, ESA, CXC
Approximately 31 million light years away lies the Whirlpool galaxy, M51. Its arms and dust lanes clearly sweep in front of its companion galaxy, NGC 5195. This interacting pair is one of the most well-known examples of collisions among galaxies. Image Credit: NASA
Centaurus A (the site of a supermassive black hole) shines brightly in this composite image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Scientists used the equivalent of 9.5 days’ worth of observations between 1999 and 2012. Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/U.Birmingham/M.Burke et al.