Three universes, 90 million light years away

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July 6, 2016

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universes[This telescopic view] features a trio of interacting galaxies almost 90 million light-years away, toward the constellation Virgo.

On the right, two, spiky, foreground Milky Way stars echo the trio galaxy hues, a reminder that stars in our own galaxy are like those in the distant island universes.

With sweeping spiral arms and obscuring dust lanes, NGC 5566 is enormous, about 150,000 light-years across. Just above it lies small, blue NGC 5569.

Near center, the third galaxy, NGC 5560, is multicolored and apparently stretched and distorted by its interaction with NGC 5566.

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