Hubble removed a galaxy divided in two by a collision with a neighboring galaxy millions of years ago

Galaxy NGC 4485 is located about 25 million light-years from Earth. It is as if divided into two parts.

- the left side looks like an ordinary spiral galaxy, whereas on the right side there is an active process of the formation of new stars (in the picture they look like bright blue spots).

The cause of the start of star formation on the right side of NGC 4485 was a collision with the galaxy NGC 4490 several million years ago, scientists believe.

This event caused gravitational chaos, as a result of which dust and gas stuck together in denser areas, which soon became new areas of star formation.

Earlier, in honor of the 29th anniversary of the mission, Hubble photographed the South Crab Nebula, the first photo of which the device took 20 years ago.