Spectacular View of Two Seemingly Colliding Galaxies Captured By Hubble

By Jesus Diaz on at

Hubble has captured this beautiful new view of NGC 3314, two spiral galaxies located in the constellation Hydra, between 117 and 140 million light-years away from Earth. But they are not really colliding. If they were, they would look like this.

It's an optical effect: NGC 3314A (on the foreground) and NGC 3314B (on the background) are just overlapping, separated "ten times the distance between our Milky Way and neighbouring Andromeda galaxy."

I just like to think they are in love and smooching. [NASA]