NASA Hubble Space Telescope snaps ‘squabbling galactic siblings’

The clashing trio earned a spot in the Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies.

The odd-looking object Arp 195 is actually three galaxies interacting.

ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Dalcanton

Galaxies aren’t just static entities hanging out in space doing nothing. When they get close to each other, they can collide, push and pull at each other and even merge together. A newly released Hubble Space Telescope image shows what happens when three galaxies interact with each other and act like “squabbling galactic siblings.”

Hubble is a joint project of NASA and the European Space Agency. ESA said the image shows a “dramatic triplet of galaxies” engaged in a “three-way gravitational tug-of-war.” The system is known as Arp 195, getting its name from astronomer Halton Arp.