The Hubble Space Telescope has released a snapshot of two overlapping spiral galaxies, named SDSS J115331 and LEDA 2073461. They are over a billion light-years away from Earth.
Even though they look like they’re colliding in the image, the alignment of the two galaxies is most likely random – they’re not actually interacting, NASA astronomers say.
This image is one of many Hubble observations made by the Galaxy Zoo project, launched in 2007. It helps classify more than 60 million galaxies and is part of a group of citizen science projects.
Hundreds of thousands of volunteers at the Galaxy Zoo analyze images taken by automated telescopes and are often the first to see unique astronomical objects.