Merged galaxies

Merged galaxies

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Credit: EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Merged galaxies. Composite image showing a rare triple merger of galaxies. This system, which astronomers have dubbed 'The Bird' is composed of two massive spiral galaxies and a third irregular galaxy. The image was obtained using the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope. A 30-minute K-band exposure has been combined with archive B and I-band images to produce a three-colour image.

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