Merging Y

NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University) Galaxy interactions are always impressive. ESO 593-8 looks like the letter “Y,” swooping eagle or a...

Swirling W

Credit: NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI) Looping arcs of stars and dust create a cosmic letter “W” caught in the middle of this galactic encounter. Explore the NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of spiral galaxies NGC 2207, on the left, and IC...

Quasar-like “Q”

Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University) NGC 1614’s bright center glows with a quasar-like brightness in this image from NASA’s...

Mashed “M”

Credit: NASA, ESA and R. Sharples (University of Durham, U.K.) Even though galaxies are widely spaced in the universe, they do bump into each other in a cosmic mashup. The dust lanes of NGC 7174, middle right, are mangled to form the letter “M” in this...

Galactically Linked “L”

NASA, J. English (U. Manitoba), S. Hunsberger, S. Zonak, J. Charlton, S. Gallagher (PSU), and L. Frattare (STScI) Distorted galaxies form the letter “L” in this image of Seyfert’s Sextet. Six objects appear in this image from NASA’s Hubble...