An award-winning image shows an ongoing galactic battle – an entire galaxy is torn apart as it drifted too close to its neighbor some 200 million years ago.
The arms of the spiral galaxy, stretching over billions of miles, are bending out of shape in a giant wrestling with celestial wrestling due to the enormous gravitational forces generated by an adjacent galaxy.
NASA's Hubble Telescope captured the incredible scene, where gravity twisted the starburst galaxy's spiral arms out of shape and triggered bright bursts of exploding stars – which have now been carefully reworked by an astrophotographer.
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NASA's Hubble Telescope image captures the NGC 7714 galaxy also known as the spiral galaxy torn apart by the neighboring galaxy NGS7715
It has a rough relationship with the fake neighbor NGC 7715 which is just outside the picture.
Retired Pastor Rudy Pohl "accurately" produced the image by assigning different colors to a "grainy" raw shot taken by Hubble Telescope.  The 16-hour job won the amateur astrophotographer his second NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) award in just six months on October 9.
Rudy, 69, of Ottawa, Canada, said: "It's one of the most beautiful images I've compiled.
" It's an attempt to show the element's gravitational forces in space. This moves hundreds of thousands of miles per hour, but when you look at them over the years they hardly move.
"That is the extent of space."
The spiral galaxy's arm (the blue) has been twisted out of shape and has also produced large explosions of stars (one in the middle)
The two galaxies became entangled between 100 and 200 million years ago, and began to change each other's shape.
A ring and two long tails of stars appeared, creating a bridge between the two galaxies.
Rudy Pohl, 69, from Ottowa, Canada, amateur astronomer with his Sky-Watcher HEQ5 telescope
This bridge serves as a pipeline, funnel material from the smaller galaxy to its larger companion.  The material feeds bursts of star formation concentrated at the bright galactic center.
Rudy is one of "thousands" of astro enthusiasts around the world who use publicly available data from the Hubble Legacy Archive website to produce untouched sky images.  He added: & # 39; NASA photographers photograph the image with a red filter for a few hours at a time. They then do the same with a green and blue filter.
"The raw image is very grainy and blurred. So I accurately assign the different tones of red, blue and green to produce the final image.
NASA astrophotographers often assign the colors themselves. When they do, it's the ultimate aim to make your image look just like theirs. "
Rudy, once a keen animal photographer, became interested in" deep space "photography four years ago after he fell ill and had to sell his cameras.  NASA's Hubble Space Telescope was used to capture the best and sharpest appearance to date on Comet Borisov, the second ever known interstellar object to visit our solar system ” class=”blkBorder img-share” />
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