Galaxies


Spiral galaxy NGC 1232
 
This image of the large spiral galaxy NGC 1232 was obtained with the Very Large Telescope (VLT). Its distance from Earth is about 100 million light-years. It contains more dark matter than visible matter.

When galaxies collide, as shown by Antennae galaxies
 
This is a close-up view of a head-on collision between two spiral galaxies, called the Antennae Galaxies. The image is 1500 light-years across. The image shows entrapped dust and gas funnelled into the centre of the galaxy.