The Hubble Space Telescope caught a pair of "squabbling" galaxies in action, according to the European Space Agency.
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The Hubble Space Telescope observations were meant to shed light on how cold gas in the area contributes to the formation of young stars observed in the image.
The space telescope's work was combined with measurements from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), a set of telescopes in the Chilean Andes optimized to peer through galactic dust in young systems.
The research will also assist with future work by the James Webb Space Telescope, which is set to launch late in 2021 to explore the origins of the universe.
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