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Galaxies, Stars and Nebulae series What looks like a celestial penguin and egg is really the result of a collision between a spiral and an elliptical galaxy at a whopping 326 million light- years away. The flat disk of the spiral NGC 2936 is warped into the profile of a penguin by the gravitational tug of the companion NGC 2937. The object was first cataloged as a "peculiar galaxy" by Halton Arp in the 1960s. This interacting galaxy duo is collectively called Arp 142.
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image credit: NASA, the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI) and ESA
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