ESO 593-8, an eagle in Sagittarius

 
ESO 593-8, an eagle in Sagittarius

ESO 593-8 (officially designated as ESO 593-IG008) is an impressive pair of interacting galaxies that looks like an eagle. The galaxies are located about 650 million light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius.

ESO 593-8 consists of a feather-like galaxy crossing, or piercing straight through, a companion galaxy, adorned with a number of bright blue star clusters.

The two components will probably merge to form a single galaxy in the future, and by then the evidence of the collision will have been disappeared. The newly formed galaxy might give future astronomers a hint, because this will be a brand new star-forming factory.

This image is part of a large collection of 59 images of merging galaxies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and released on the occasion of its 18th anniversary on 24th April 2008.

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