Hubble telescope sees haunting galactic dance of 2 galaxies linked by the corpse of a cannibalized neighbor


The Hubble Space Telescope captured a detailed view of the large spiral galaxy NGC 3227 and its companion, an elliptical galaxy called NGC 3226, along with the faint tidal streams of gas and dust that connect them.  (Image credit: NASA, ESA, and H. Ford (Johns Hopkins University); Image Processing: G. Kober (NASA Goddard/Catholic University of America))

Two galaxies are intertwined in a turbulent gravitational dance in a stunning new view from the Hubble Space Telescope. 

The pair includes the large spiral galaxy NGC 3227 and the elliptical galaxy NGC 3226. The galaxies, collectively known as Arp 94, reside relatively close to Earth, between 50 million and 60 million light-years away, near the constellation Leo.