NASA Shows Impressive Images Of Black Holes Colliding – Our Milky Way Will Also Collide With Andromeda One Day


After “just” a billion years, eventually, the black holes of two merging galaxies are colliding together in the most colorful scenery photographed by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

Galaxy merger process can over a billion years

NASA says that a galaxy merger is a slow process that can take even more than a billion years.

“Two galaxies, under the inexorable pull of gravity, dance toward each other before finally joining together,” the space agency said in a release. “Simulations reveal that galaxies kick up plenty of gas and dust as they undergo this slow-motion train wreck.”

The Hubble Space Telescope and the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii were able to capture some high-res images throughout two decades.

In the photos, the galaxies can be seen as they’re bright yellow cores are crashing into each other.

They are surrounded by a massive cloud of gas and dust. The whole part of the process is called by experts the final phase of the galaxies’ union.

“Seeing the pairs of merging galaxy nuclei associated with these huge black holes so close together was pretty amazing,” Michael Koss, one of the researchers who studied the images, said in a release.

Milky Way and Andromeda will also merge

Astronomers also said that these black holes grow the quickest during the final stages of a galaxy merger which was also the case with these two galaxies that we’ve told you about.

Researcher Laura Blecha said that the fact that black holes grow faster and faster as the merging process progresses shows that such galaxy encounters are really essential for experts’ understanding of how these objects can get such immense over time.

The images released by NASA may also offer some more insight into another galactic collision that will occur “next door”, but also in several billion years when our beloved Milky Way merges with neighboring Andromeda galaxy.


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