Hubble Space Telescope images twisted galaxy shaped by a big neighbor

This fresh Hubble Space Telescope image looks like a gassy disaster unfolding deep in space.

The image shows the galaxy NGC 3718, which NASA officials say is a “highly disturbed spiral,” meaning its formation was disrupted. As the galaxy gets into the gravitational well from the neighboring galaxy NGC 3729, that galactic interaction pulls NGC 3718 into an S-shaped warp. The galaxies are separated by 150,000 light-years, with NGC 3729 not shown in this view from the Hubble Space Telescope.

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