Hubble Space Telescope Spots Overlapping Spiral Galaxies

Hubble Space Telescope image of two overlapping spiral galaxies, SDSS J115331 and LEDA 2073461. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, W. Keel

Two overlapping spiral galaxies are pictured in this splendid image from the

Over the course of the original Galaxy Zoo project, volunteers discovered a menagerie of weird and wonderful galaxies including unusual 3-armed spiral galaxies and colliding ring galaxies. The astronomers coordinating the project applied for Hubble time to observe the most unusual inhabitants of the Galaxy Zoo — but true to the project’s crowdsourced roots, the list of targets was determined by a public vote.

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