Colossal Hot Cloud Envelopes Colliding Galaxies

Hot Gas
An enormous cloud of hot gas is surrounding two merging spiral galaxies.
This gas reservoir contains the mass of 10 billion Suns, spans 300,000 light years, and radiates at more 7 million degrees.
X-rays from Chandra (purple) have been combined with optical data from Hubble to make this composite image.
>A burst of star formation that lasted for at least 200 million years may be responsible for this extra large cloud of hot gas.
Source: http://www.chandra.si.edu/photo/2013/ngc6240/
And you thought waking up to a hangover was bad!
Imagine being at the “merge point” of two galaxies!
Exciting!

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