Tuesday, April 1, 2014

CFHT Image: Maelstrom of Four Spiral galaxies in NGC 4410

These four spiral galaxies in NGC 4410 display an extraordinary cosmic spectacle, each generating immense tidal forces that rip each other apart as they pass close to each other.

The galactic disks and spiral arms stretch apart while stellar filaments swirl into the intergalactic medium as the galaxies entwine in a dance of staggering proportions.

Credit: CFHT

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