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Top 5 Most Weird Galaxies In Space

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Antennae Galaxies
45 million light-years away

 Here, we have another pair of galaxies devouring one another, but much farther along in the process. The only way you can tell there used to be two galaxies here is by the yellow clusters of stars at either end—these used to be the galactic centers.

Now one giant, amorphous blob, these galaxies are slowly chugging toward a state of equilibrium that with result in the new galaxy’s final shape.

Most of the currently existing star clusters in this galactic pair will part ways before the new galaxy is totally formed—only the largest clusters will survive the merger. Perhaps the most interesting thing we can learn from observing this process is what will happen when the Milky Way inevitably merges with the nearby Andromeda galaxy, which is headed in our direction. Don’t worry, though: It won’t be for a few billion years.

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  1. Terry

    Hoag’s Object
    600 million light-years away. That makes the universe at least 600 million yrs old…obviously much older than that really. To many of us it means there was never a big bang. A bit more than the 5,000 years the bible used to tell us.

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