Hubble captures the unusual aggregation of galaxies

An entire gallery of galaxies unknown to science was unveiled.

The Hubble Telescope captured two fused galaxies in a VV689 system called Angelwing.

It should be noted that in contrast to the random alignment of galaxies, these cosmic objects are in the process of colliding.

Their interaction makes the VV689 system almost completely symmetrical, giving the impression of a large set of galactic wings.

This angel video is taken from Hubble Observations of the Highlights of the Galaxy Zoo Civil Science Project. As part of this crowdsourced astronomy initiative, thousands of volunteer astronomers have been helped to go through data torrent from robotic telescopes.

Volunteers in the process unveiled a rogue gallery of strange and beautiful galaxy types, some of which had never been explored before.

Radio Galaxy Zoo, a similar ongoing effort, uses the same crowdsourcing method to detect supermassive black holes in distant galaxies.

Hubble’s advanced camera for the survey was used to conduct extensive follow-up observations on significant objects in both projects.

The goals of the follow-up observation with Hubble were chosen by the public by approximately 18,000 votes, in keeping with the crowdsource nature of the Galaxy Zoo project.

Among the selected targets is a remarkable collection of ring-shaped galaxies, strange spirals and galaxy combinations, such as the VV689.

Image Credit: ESA / Hubble & NASA, W. Keel, Acknowledgment: J. Schmidt

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