Magnificent ring of stars captured by Hubble is the result of two galaxies in head-on collision

Magnificent ring of stars captured by Hubble is the result of two galaxies in head-on collision

The Hubble space telescope has snapped a stunning shot of a pair of colliding galaxies that have been warped into a colossal, glowing ring of stars by the intense gravitational forces between them. The entwined galaxies, collectively known as Arp-Madore 417-391, lie around 670 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Eridanus, which is visible in the Southern Hemisphere. The new image was captured by Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), which is specially designed to seek out galaxies …