Image of the Day: Peer into eternity with this rare pair of eye-like galaxies

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Nov 21, 2016, 11:32 PM EST (Updated)

Here's proof positive that the universe is staring into your soul with this interactive pair of colliding spiral galaxies photographed by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The composite image captures an apparent pair of all-seeing galactic eyes observing the daily doings of the planet Earth from 114 million light-years away, waltzing together in the dark vastness of the heavens. 

Here's the official description from the ESO site:

These two galaxies are named IC 2163 (left) and NGC 2207 (right) — IC 2163 displays the ocular structure in this image. The duo lies approximately 114 million light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation of Canis Major (The Greater Dog). The galaxies have brushed past each other — scraping the outer edges of their spiral arms —with IC 2163 passing behind NGC 2207. This glancing collision triggered a tsunami of stars and gas in IC 2163, with material in the outer portions of the disc of the galaxy travelling inwards This colossal wave of material decelerated rapidly moving from the outer to the inner edge of the eyelids and crashed midway through the galaxy’s disc, producing dazzling ribbons of intense star formation and compressed ridges of gas and dust that resemble a pair of cosmic “eyelids”.

Don't blink while you gaze into eternity with this penetrating pair of peering galaxies..

(Via ESO)