What will survive this battle of the galaxies?
this intriguing group of galaxies lies in the head portion of
the split constellation of the Snake
The sextet actually contains only four interacting galaxies, though.
Near the center of
this Hubble Space Telescope picture, the small
face-on spiral galaxy
lies in the distant background and appears only by chance aligned with
the main group.
Also, the prominent condensation
on the upper left is likely not a separate galaxy at all,
but a tidal tail
of stars flung out by the galaxies' gravitational
About 190 million
light-years away, the interacting galaxies are
tightly packed into a region around 100,000 light-years across,
comparable to the size of our own
Milky Way galaxy, making this
one of the densest known
Bound by gravity, the
may coalesce into a
single large galaxy
over the next few billion
Hubble Legacy Archive,