Hubble Space Telescope captures two ‘overlapping’ spiral galaxies

A new photo from NASA’s iconic space telescope captures two distant “overlapping” spiral galaxies.

The galaxies, called SDSS J115331 and LEDA 2073461, are located more than a billion light-years from Earth. While the new Hubble Space Telescope view suggests the two galactic bodies are merging, it’s just an optical illusion and the galaxies aren’t actually interacting with each other at all, according to a statement from the European Space Agency (ESA), which is a partner on the observatory.