Look Familiar?

If you said this is the Milky Way, you would be understandably wrong. This is NGC 6744 — what astronomers are calling the twin of the Milky Way.

The picture snapped by the European Southern Observatory’s MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope in Chile shows a galaxy that is 30 million light years away in the constellation Pavo. While it has the same spiral characteristics as our galaxy, it is actually twice the size of the Milky Way.

This sets up the perfect astrological sequel to The Parent Trap — two galaxies meet at the ESO summer camp and learn they are related. They then switch galaxies to get to know their respective parents. Let’s get together and have a groovy Galactic time:

Source: BBC

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