NASA releases incredible pictures of galaxies 220 million light-years away

NASA has released fascinating pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of 'interacting galaxies' hundreds of light-years away.

The observation dubbed Arp 86 is a pair of galaxies located roughly 220 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Pegasus.

The larger of the two galaxies, NGC 7753 is the mouse prominent of the two spiral galaxies as it is attached to the smaller one named NGC 7752, accounting to NASA.

The galaxy pair appears in the Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies compiled by the astronomer Halton Arp in 1966.

The phenomenon is believed to have been caused by the gravitational pull between the two galaxies.

However, due to one being larger than the other, the squabble is doomed to end catastrophically for NGC 7752.

Scientists believe it will eventually either be flung out into the depths of space or be entirely engulfed by the larger galaxy.

Reports say the Hubble Telescope has been observing Arp 86 as part of a larger effort to understand the connections between young stars and the clouds of cold gas in which they form.

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Astronomers are monitoring star clusters and clouds of gas and dust in a variety of environments dotted throughout nearby galaxies combined with measurements from ALMA, to gather data that will help experts understand how stars are born.

These observations also helped sow the seeds of future research with an upcoming space telescope, the NASA/ESA James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

The JWST will study star formation in dusty regions such as the galaxies of Arp 86.

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Professor Volker Bromm said in a statement: "Throughout the history of astronomy, telescopes have become more powerful, allowing us to probe sources from successively earlier cosmic times – ever closer to the Big Bang.

"The upcoming James Webb Space Telescope [JWST] will reach the time when galaxies first formed. But theory predicts that there was an even earlier time when galaxies did not yet exist, but where individual stars first formed — the elusive Population III stars.

"This moment of 'very first light' is beyond the capabilities even of the powerful JWST, and instead needs an 'ultimate' telescope."

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