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The staggering beauty of galactic collisions

12 Mar 2019, 13:00 UTC
The staggering beauty of galactic collisions ESA/Hubble, NASA

Every once in a great while, an astronomical image will come down that is so arresting, so soul-touchingly beautiful, that it stops you in your tracks. It almost doesn’t matter what kind of object it is — planet, nebula, star cluster, galaxy — it’s the artistry of it that somehow reaches out to you.

NGC 3256 is one such object. This Hubble Space Telescope image of it is one such work of art.

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