M51

M51

This is a picture of M51a, The Whirlpool Galaxy, colliding with a smaller family of stars, M51b (top). This is similar to what it could look like when the Large Magellanic Cloud collides with The Milky Way. Image: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Optical: Detlef Hartmann; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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