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Caption: This image shows two interacting spiral galaxies located approximately 150 million light-years away. Two spiral galaxies are involved in this dance, creating visible distortions in their spiral arms due to the gravitational pull. What is starting as an embrace in this picture, will end in the merger of those two galaxies into one, most likely elliptical, galaxy.

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Credit: ESO Credit Link
Related glossary terms: Galaxy , Spiral Galaxy
Categories: Galaxies

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Caption: الصورة توضح مجرتين حلزونيتين متفاعلتين تقعان على بعد حوالي 150 مليون سنة ضوئية. وتبدو المجرتان الحلزونيتان وكأنهما تتشاركان في رقصة ، مما يخلق تشوهات مرئية في أذرعهما الحلزونية بسبب سحب الجاذبية. ويبدوا ان التفاعل بن المجرتين في هذه الصورة ، سوف ينتهى بإندماج هاتين المجرتين في مجرة واحدة ، على الأرجح سوف تكون بيضاوية الشكل.
Credit: حقوق الصورة تخص المرصد الأروبى الجنوبى
Related glossary terms: Spiral Galaxy , المجرة
Caption translation status: Approved by a reviewer
Caption translators: Somaya Saad
Caption reviewers: Ahmed Abulwfa

Caption: Cette image montre deux galaxies spirales en interaction, situées à environ 150 millions d'années-lumière. Deux galaxies spirales sont impliquées dans cette danse, créant des distorsions visibles dans leurs bras spiraux en raison de l'attraction gravitationnelle. Ce qui commence comme une étreinte sur cette image se terminera par la fusion de ces deux galaxies en une seule galaxie, très probablement elliptique.
Credit: ESO
Related glossary terms: Galaxy , Spiral Galaxy
Caption translation status: Not yet approved by a reviewer
Caption translators: François Dulieu

Caption: Questa immagine mostra due galassie a spirale interagenti, situate a circa 150 milioni di anni luce di distanza dalla Terra. Due galassie a spirale sono coinvolte in questa danza, creando distorsioni visibili nei loro bracci a spirale a causa dell'attrazione gravitazionale. Quello che in questa immagine inizia come un abbraccio, finirà con la fusione di queste due galassie in un'unica galassia, molto probabilmente ellittica.
Credit: ESO
Related glossary terms: Galassia , Galassia a spirale
Caption translation status: Approved by a reviewer
Caption translators: Giuliana Giobbi
Caption reviewers: Rosa Valiante, Rodolfo Canestrari, Anna Wolter