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  • Maisie Bartlett

    This picture shows the spiral galaxies, NGC 2207 and IC2163. The more massive NGC 2207 on the left has created a major distended region on IC 2163. The stars, gas and dust in this region stretch for 100,000 light years and can be seen on the right side of the image. It is believed that these two galaxies will also eventually merge into a single, larger galaxy. This incredible image of colliding galaxies was taken by the Hubble Telescope in 1999.

  • Mai Moustafa

    HubbleSite - NewsCenter - New Hubble Study Reveals How Black Holes Get Their Kicks (02/04/2004) - Interacting Spiral Galaxies NGC 2207 and IC 2163

  • Jake G

    Interacting spiral galaxies NGC 2207 and IC 2163 as seen through the Hubble Space telescope.

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