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.
And you thought waking up to a hangover was bad!
Imagine being at the “merge point” of two galaxies!