The keen eye of Hubble space telescope has glimpsed the first moments of a head-on collision between two massive star clusters located 170,000 light years away from Earth, astronomers say.
The impending cosmic crash is occurring within a 25 million year old giant star factory known as the Tarantula nebula or 30 Doradus, buried inside the Large Magellanic Cloud – a small companion galaxy of the Milky Way.
Check out this amazing computer simulation showing the gravitational interaction of two young star clusters. The three and a half million years of the encounter have been compressed into less than a minute!
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