SUMMARY: The two "eyes" in this photograph are actually the cores of two merging galaxies; as viewed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The galaxies are called NGC 2207 and IC 2163, and the surrounding material is their twisted spiral arms. Dotted along these arms are knotted clusters of newborn stars, created when the two galaxies smashed into each other. The pair is located 140 million light-years away in the Canis Major constellation, and they'll eventually become a single galaxy in another 500 million years.
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