Beautiful ring of stars captured by Hubble is the result of two galaxy head-on collisions

A close-up view of the merger of galaxies Arp-Madore 417-391 recently taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The gravitational pull of the massive cosmic collision has created a near-perfect ring of stars. (Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Dark Energy Survey/DOE/FNAL/DECam/CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA, J. Dalcanton)

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The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a stunning image of a pair of colliding galaxies that have been distorted into a colossal, glowing ring of stars by the intense gravitational pull between them.

The entangled galaxies, collectively known as Arp-Madore 417-391, are located about 670 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Eridanus, visible in the southern hemisphere.

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