DM WASHINGTON - The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a peculiar object in the Hare constellation that’s made up of two individual galaxies, speeding past each other at more than 1 million miles per hour.

According to Nasa, they’re traveling too fast to merge into a single galaxy, but are close enough to massively distort their structures.

Hubble caught a glimpse of the pair from 500 million light-years away using its Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) and Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) instruments. Over the years, the Nasa/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured all kinds of bizarre galactic interactions, including ‘galactic cannibalism, galaxy harassment, and galaxy collisions,’ according to Nasa.

The galaxy IRAS 06076-2139, seen in the constellation Lepus (the Hare), is really two objects, not just one.

Two galaxies speeding past each other at roughly 2 million kilometers (1,243,000 mph) appear as one in the stunning Hubble photo, as they’re just 20,000 light-years apart.

According to Nasa, galactic interactions can take many forms – and one day, even our own will be subjected to a merger with another.

‘The Milky Way itself will eventually fall victim to [a collision], merging with the Andromeda Galaxy in about 4.5 billion years,’ Nasa explained.

‘The fate of our galaxy shouldn’t be alarming though: while galaxies are populated by billions of stars, the distances between individual stars are so large that hardly any stellar collisions will occur.’

Yesterday, researchers revealed a fascinating look at the Crab Nebula, using data from Hubble.

After stitching together images from five different telescopes, accounting for nearly the entirety of the electromagnetic spectrum, astronomers have revealed the nebula in stunning new detail.

The remarkable object is the remnant of a stellar explosion that lit up the sky nearly 1,000 years ago, bright enough to be seen on Earth from 6,500 light-years away.

Researchers used data from the Very Large Array and the Hubble Space Telescope, along with several others, to merge observations from different wavelengths in efforts to improve understanding of the nebula’s complex inner workings.

In the new study, researchers from the Institute of Astronomy and Physics, the National Council of Scientific Research (CONICET), and the University of Buenos Aires tapped into five telescopes to obtain new insight on the Crab Nebula.

This includes the Very Large Array (radio), the Spitzer Space Telescope (infrared), the Hubble Space Telescope (visible), the XMM-Newton (ultraviolet, and Chandra X-ray Observatory (X-Ray).

Individually, these make up the red, yellow, green, blue, and purple components, respectively, of the composite image.

‘Comparing these new images, made at different wavelengths, is providing us with a wealth of new detail about the Crab Nebula,’ said Gloria Dubner, of the Institute of Astronomy and Physics.

‘Though the Crab has been studied extensively for years, we still have much to learn about it.’