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The Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), the newest camera on NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, has captured a spectacular pair of galaxies engaged in a celestial dance of cat and mouse or, in this case, mouse and mouse.

Located 300 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices, the colliding galaxies have been nicknamed "The Mice" because of the long tails of stars and gas emanating from each galaxy. Otherwise known as NGC 4676, the pair will eventually merge into a single giant galaxy.

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Source APOD 2004-06-12
Author NASA, H. Ford (JHU), G. Illingworth (UCSC/LO), M.Clampin (STScI), G. Hartig (STScI), the ACS Science Team, and ESA
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current07:06, 28 January 2006Thumbnail for version as of 07:06, 28 January 20062,843 × 1,312 (402 KB)ZeimusuNGC 4676, The Mice galaxies. A pair of colliding galaxies. Taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. From [http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap040612.html APOD, 2004-06-12] Category:NGC objects Category:Galaxies

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