The Cartwheel Galaxy

The Cartwheel Galaxy was a popular Hubble Space Telescope target, and it recently became a James Webb Space Telescope target.

which has provided the highest resolution Cartwheel Galaxy images to date

The Cartwheel Galaxy is a type of spiral galaxy known as a ring galaxy.

All ring galaxies are thought to have been spiral galaxies that had their shape distorted by a galactic collision.

when a smaller galaxy passes through its centre This "bullseye" collision causes gravitational shockwaves to propagate throughout the larger galaxy.

It is thought that one of its smaller companion galaxies impacted it around 300 million years ago.

The Milky Way is larger than the Cartwheel Galaxy, but it is smaller than the Andromeda Galaxy.

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