The Hubble Space Telescope has released a snapshot of two overlapping spiral galaxies, named SDSS J115331 and LEDA 2073461. They are over a billion light-years away from Earth.
Even though they look like they’re colliding in the image, the alignment of the two galaxies is most likely random – they’re not actually interacting, NASA astronomers say .
This image is one of many Hubble observations made by the Galaxy Zoo project, launched in 2007. It helps classify more than 60 million galaxies and is part of a group of citizen science projects.
Hundreds of thousands of volunteers at the Galaxy Zoo analyze images taken by automated telescopes and are often the first to see unique astronomical objects.
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