Hubble snaps clearest ever shots of cataclysmic cosmic collisions

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Astronomers have observed pairs of supermassive black holes closer to colliding than ever before

Galaxies smash into each other on a pretty regular basis, but the collisions don’t destroy them – rather, the two galaxies just merge together. Their stars jostle each other around before settling into new orbits, and the supermassive black holes at their centers meld into one even larger object. Using data and observations from Hubble and the Keck Observatory, astronomers have now imaged the late stages of this incredibly slow process for the first time.

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