NASA has captured our galaxy's fate in 3 way galactic brawl.

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Hubble Spots Squabbling Galactic Siblings (Image credit: NASA)


An amazing Hubble Space Telescope with three galaxies breaking apart gave scientists an early look into the destiny of the Milky Way.

In Lynx Constellation 389 light-years from Earth, the Arp 195 is a three-way gravitational tug-of-war galaxy cluster composed of three Galaxies. According to an estimate of the European Space Agency, it is a fate that scientists believe will strip down the Milky Way in 4.5 billion years and will crash with the nearby Andromeda Galaxy.

The picture was taken two weeks after a five-week break in the functioning of the 31-year-old space telescope. Afters a problem that made its payload computer unworkable, NASA lost complete control of Hubble in June. Still, it is now back in operation after changing to backup hardware in July.

The picture of the three ‘squabbling galactic siblings’ was taken by NASA long after they were snared by each other’s gravity pull. The three galaxies are moving towards each other in increasingly tighter orbits, clashing and tightening material strands.

Now that galaxies are in close orbit, the biggest may snatch material from its smaller opponents by using its stronger gravity, producing the strip of dust, gas, and stars between them that can be seen in the picture.

The galaxies will eventually merge into one. Although this sounds catastrophic, there is so much space between the stars inside the universe that it is highly improbable that the stars would crash together. The injection of more material via fusion should boost the number of stars in the newly united galaxy.

A similar destiny awaits in our Galactic home, the Milky Road. Once it emerges at last with Andromeda – few stars will collide, and our solar system will probably mostly escape unharmed, even if it may be sent onto another route around the center of the new galaxy.

The eventual fusion of the Milky Way with Andromeda isn’t the first time our galaxy has clashed with someone else. In the last 12 billion years, the Milky Way is believed to have swallowed at least a dozen galaxies — including a collision known as the galaxy merger — adding the stars to an ever-growing galaxy stew, reports Live Science earlier.

Realated : TESS from NASA creates an all-sky ‘Symphony’ of Red Giant Stars. 

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