Strange galactic confrontation is occurring in the space. Galaxies are not stable mainland of stars; they are active and extremely flexible continually kinetic through darkness of the Universe. Periodically as observed in this eye catching Hubble image of Arp 256, galaxies can clash in a wreck of cosmic quantity.
In the constellation of Cetus, a 350 million light years away, a pair of barricaded spiral galaxies has just commenced a stupendous merger and this image dangles them in a single moment, frozen the confused spray of gas, dust and stars thrown up by the gravitational forces dragging the two galaxies together.
Although their nuclei are nevertheless disconnected by a humongous distance the forms of the galaxies, are magnificently contorted. The galaxy in the further up part of the image accommodates very pronounced erroneous tails, elongated, expanded ribbons of gas, dust and stars.
The galaxies are flaming with gleaming areas of star formation. The vivid blue fireworks are astral nurseries producing hot newborn stars. These potent ruptures of new life are propelled by the enormous gravitational synergy that aggravate interstellar gas and dust out of which stars are born.
Arp 256 was initially indexed by Halton Arp in 1966, as one of 338 galaxies dispensed in the capably named Atlas of uncanny Galaxies. The aim of the index was to image specimen of the unnatural and magnificent formation discovered among neighboring galaxies, to furnish snapshots of varied stages of galactic evolution.
These weird galaxies are like an organic investigation performing at a cosmic scale and by indexing them astronomers can appropriately understand the physical processes that distort spiral and elliptical galaxies into new shapes.