Stephan's Quintet

The orange-tinted galaxies in this image are locked in a gravitational dance that distorts their shapes and draws out ''tidal tails'' of stars. Eventually, they will probably all merge into one super-galaxy. The bluer galaxy on the top left is not part of the group. It is more than seven times closer than the others.

Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble SM4 ERO Team
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