Image Credit: Gemini Obs., AURA, NSF

In yet another glance at the distant galaxies that are entangled, we see NGC 520, the result of a galactic merger between two separate galaxies, which are located some 100 million light-years away (in the constellation of Pisces).

Based on the shape of the galaxy (and the tidal tail of material located near the bottom), these two have not completely merged just yet;. Despite the galaxies already having spent the last 300 million years converging, a few million years will be required before the process is finished -- leaving behind an elliptical galaxy with a renewed interest in star formation.

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