It was only about a billion years ago, but the black holes of the two combined galaxies finally meet in a colorful spectacle photographed by the NASA Hubble Space Telescope.
"Deep inside the dusty, nasty cores of the galaxy's galaxy are the black hole pairs that are grown on the material and approaching the coalescence" reader on the Tibetan Hubble Telescope account.
According to NASA, "aggregation of galaxies" is a slow process that can take more than a billion years.
"Two galaxies, under the inevitable gravity of gravity, dance against each other before you finally join together," the space agency reported in a statement. "The simulations reveal that galaxies release a lot of gas and dust when they are subject to slow trains."
The Hubble Space Telescope and the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii have captured incredible high-resolution images over a 20-year period.
The photos show the yellow yellow gallas of galaxies that collapse each other, as they are surrounded by a cloud of dust and gas, which researchers call the "last stage" of their relationship.
"The vision of the pair of joining nuclei of the galaxies associated with these large black holes, so close together, was pretty amazing," said Michael Koss, one of the researchers of Eureka Scientific Inc., who studied the paintings.
Astronomers said that black holes were the fastest growing ones during the last phases of the galaxy's merger, which they are witnessing in this case.
"The fact that black holes grow faster and faster than mergers occur shows that meetings in the galaxy are really important for our understanding of how these objects have become so monstrous," said researcher Laura Blech of the University of Florida.
Images can also provide insights into another galactic collision that will emerge in its own "cosmic backyard" within billions of years, when the Milky Way joins the neighboring Galaxy Andromeda, NASA reports.
We only begin to imagine the involved titanic forces when two galactic cores and their supermassive black holes combine in this simulation. Click to view @NASAHubble reveals the actual image of the process – within 10 million years of merger: https://t.co/x9Ig2bhXED pic.twitter.com/JSob7MefOS
– NASA Goddard (@NASAGoddard) November 8, 2018
Inside the dusty, nasty cores of the aggregated galaxies, deep black hole pairs are on the material and approach the cliches. The vicinity of the infrared Hubble telescope image and the Keck astronomers give the best overview of this process: https://t.co/SZFqFt43GK pic.twitter.com/iwgnS9PU5n
– HubbleTelescope (@ HubbleTelescope) November 7, 2018
The merger of galaxies is a process in billions of plus, as two galaxies dance to each other before they finally join together. The simulations reveal that galaxies release a lot of gas and dust when they are subjected to this devastating trains. Via @NASAHubble https://t.co/9tAqcpGxDL pic.twitter.com/Dlngw80KAv
– NASA Goddard (@NASAGoddard) November 7, 2018
# Hubble in #Keck discovery of observations #blackholes joins. These images reveal the final phase of the relationship between pairs of galactic nuclei in the disordered nucleus of collisions of galaxies. https://t.co/KX9U23Rp9g pic.twitter.com/BPCMFCaJEV
– HUBBLE (@HUBBLE_space) November 8, 2018