Galactic Siblings Fight, Parents Nowhere To Be Seen

NASA recently shared a rather eye-catching image on their Instagram: three galaxies "fighting" in a "gravitational tug-of-war."

 

Unnecessary intergalactic tension upsets us, and while we don't have an intergalactic speaker for two-way communication, we do have an intergalactic microphone. We pointed it towards the sky and listened in to see what these feuding galaxies are saying:

UGC 04653:
     "STOP taking my hydrogen, LEDA 24981! Just because we've been together for billions of years doesn't mean you can take my cosmic building blocks!"

LEDA 24981:
     "They're not YOUR cosmic building blocks, UGC 04653! I'm taking some because it's ALL OF OURS and you keep FUSING everything way too fast! I NEED some too!"

2MASX J08535462+3508439:
     "Whoa, relax, everyone, there's plenty of combustible gases and complex heavy compounds to go around."

LEDA 24981:
     "But UGC 04653 keeps fusing everything, they're burning way too hot for me!"

UGC 04653:
     "I'm cold, I need it!"

2MASX J08535462+3508439:
     "Everyone just relax, the universe is INFINITE, there's plenty of hydrogen to fuse. UGC 04653, slow down and share, please. LEDA 24981, you have plenty of fuel, you'll be okay, okay?"

LEDA 24981:
     "But UGC 04653 is taking more than they NEED!"

UGC 04653:
     "I NEED IT ALL!"

2MASX J08535462+3508439:
     "Stop it, there's enough for all of us, stop fighting! UGC 04653, stop hogging the hydrogen, there's plenty. And LEDA 24981, please stop pulling on me so hard, you're making my outer galactic edges bulge."

LEDA 24981:
     "Pff, your outer galactic edges bulge anyway."

UGC 04653:
     "Ooooooooo..."

2MASX J08535462+3508439:
     (rolls up galactic sleeves)

(intergalactic squabbling continues, presumably for eternity)

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