Hubble Space Telescope detects a cosmic 'tug of war' between galaxies leading to a collision (pictured)

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has zoomed in on one side of the cosmic tug-of-war that has raged between two galaxies for billions of years. Disappointingly, this is a contest in which a clear winner never emerges, as the two galaxies may be joined together at the end of this gravitational contest.

The spiral galaxy imaged by Hubble is NGC 5427. Along with its counterpart, the similarly sized spiral galaxy NGC 5426, the galaxy forms a pair called Arp 271, located 130 million light-years from Earth in the Milky Way.

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