NASA pics capture incredible ‘tug of war’ in galaxy millions of light years away

A three-way gravitational "tug-of-war" has been captured in incredible pictures from the Hubble space telescope.

Described by NASA as a demonstration of "squabbling galactic siblings", the galaxy dubbed Arp 195 lies 763 million light years away from Earth.

The phenomenon is detailed in the Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies, which showcases some of the weirder and more wonderful galaxies in the Universe, and was captured in downtime between sessions booked by astronomers.

The new image of Arp 195 includes observations from Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), and is based on data obtained through four optical filters, according to sci-news.com.

"The schedule for Hubble observations is calculated using a computer algorithm which allows the spacecraft to occasionally gather bonus snapshots of data between longer observations," said NASA.

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"This image of the clashing triplet of galaxies in Arp 195 is one such snapshot. Extra observations such as these do more than provide spectacular images – they also help to identify promising targets to follow up with using telescopes such as the upcoming NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope."

Otherwise known as UGC 04653, LEDA 24981 and 2MASX J08535462+3508439, Arp 195 contains at least three galaxy components and lies in the constellation of Lynx.

In other news, NASA announced a massive asteroid up to twice the size of Big Ben was set to enter Earth’s orbit this weekend.

Scientists at NASA had been tracking the space rock, and have dubbed it 2019 YM6. It was due to enter Earth’s orbit yesterday, July 31, travelling at a speed of 30,131mph.

Scientists estimated its diameter to be between 100-230m – while Big Ben stands at just 96m. However, it was due to safely pass 4.27 million miles from the Earth.

For comparison, the moon is 238,855 miles away from us. The asteroid was estimated to be closer than Venus, 125.9 million miles away.

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