In the constellation Hercules, about 230 million light-years away from Earth there is a long and fierce battle about to reach its conclusion.
Two colliding galaxies, which are pulled together by gravity, seem to finally unite into one, writes NASA in a press release.
NGC 6052, as the two colliding galaxies are called, was already discovered in 1784 by British astronomer (and composer!) William Herschel, who originally classified them as one strangely shaped galaxy.
Now, however, we know that NGC 6052 is an ongoing clash between two galaxies, and NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have documented new photos taken with the so-called Wide Field Camera 3 from the Hubble Space Telescope.
The collision has, among other things, changed several of the stars’ paths of movement in the two galaxies. However, there is minimal risk that some of the stars will collide, as the stars are tiny compared to the galaxies.
The galaxies are in the final phase of their fusion, and it is a process that is also going to happen to our galaxy, the Milky Way, which, due to gravity, is well on its way to encountering its neighboring galaxy, Andromeda.
However, you still have time to take a cup of coffee before it takes place in about 4 billion years.