A stretched, distorted cosmic object known as "Arp 195" is found in the Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies, a collection of wondrous, wild galaxies. NASA explained that the Hubble Space Telescope captured a vivid image of this strange place in the universe. It is actually three galaxies engaged in a "gravitational tugging-of-war".
The space agency tweeted, "Galactic siblings also fight,"
This image shows an extended galaxy that is sandwiched between two galaxies. Cosmos calls this a "tidal trail" and it can be seen in the galaxy to the right.
Over 30 years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope is about the same size as a large school bus. Although the solar-powered telescope captures detailed images of distant cosmic objects like Arp 195 and other stars, it is slowly deteriorating with age. This was most recently illustrated by a computer issue that took Hubble offline for several weeks. NASA still believes that Hubble will be around for many years. They expect Hubble to continue making innovative observations and working with other space observatories like the James Webb Space Telescope, in order to increase our understanding of the cosmos.
The James Webb Space Telescope, the next generation space telescope, is scheduled to launch Halloween 2021.