Photo credit: Rudy Pohl
Rudy Pohl, an Ottawa-based astrophotographer who has been a space fanatic his entire life has earned recognition from NASA for an incredible image of the aftermath of two galaxies colliding. The smaller neighbor, NGC 7715, located to the left of the featured frame, is thought to have charged right through NGC 7714. The golden ring that you see is composed of millions of older Sun-like stars that are likely co-moving with the interior bluer stars. Read more for a video and additional information.
The bright center of NGC 7714 appears to be undergoing a burst of new star formation. It was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, with NGC 7714 located about 130 million light years away toward the constellation of the Two Fish (Pisces). This collision between these galaxies likely started about 150 million years ago and should continue for several hundred million years more, after which a single central galaxy would be the result.