Zooming in on merging galaxies and a string of star formation in SDSS J1531+3414

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This video shows a zoom into two galaxies from the cluster SDSS J1531+3414. The two galaxies have been found to be merging into one and a "chain" of young stellar superclusters are seen winding around the galaxies’ nuclei. The galaxies are surrounded by an egg-shaped blue ring caused by the immense gravity of the cluster bending light from other galaxies beyond it.

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http://www.spacetelescope.org/videos/heic1414b/

Credit:
ESA/Hubble, NASA, Digitized Sky Survey (DSS) and Grant Tremblay (European Southern Observatory)

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