Galaxies meet - level 3

Galaxies meet - level 3

10-03-2014 15:00

This incredible image, taken from a space telescope, shows a galaxy being ripped apart.

The Hubble Space Telescope took the picture of this galaxy trailing stars and dust, as it moved through a cluster of galaxies known as the Norma Cluster, a process called ‘ram pressure stripping’.

The picture was taken in 2009 off the Great Attractor, a region in space around 200 million light years away from Earth.

It takes scientists years to study the complex images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, which has been snapping pictures of space since it launched in 1990.

Difficult words: incredible (amazing), rip apart (pull something to pieces), trail (to pull something behind you), cluster (group of things which are close together), region (place), snap (take).

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