In Hubble’s latest piece of work, we meet a spiral galaxy found about 100 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Pisces.
It should go without saying that the galaxy, called NGC 7714, has seen better days. In the recent past, a gravitational perturbation completely obliterated its once-spiral structure, leaving oddly-shaped arms and an almost-rectangular central core behind.
The most probable culprit can’t be seen in this field of view (it lies just outside of eyeshot), called NGC 7715. It’s believed that around 100 million and 200 million years ago, the two simply drifted too close together until they began to exert a mutual gravitational pull.