Colliding Galaxy Pair Takes Flight

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What looks like a celestial hummingbird is really the result of a collision
between a spiral and an elliptical galaxy at a whopping 326 million light-
years away. The flat disk of the spiral NGC 2936 is warped into the profile
of a bird by the gravitational tug of the companion NGC 2937. The object
was first cataloged as a “peculiar galaxy” by Halton Arp in the 1960s. This
interacting galaxy duo is collectively called Arp 142.

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