Black holes are some of the most powerful objects in the Universe. When an unlucky star wanders too close to a supermassive black hole in the centre of a galaxy, it gets ripped apart by a black hole, it becomes extremely stretched out and resembles spaghetti. Astronomers call this‚ Spaghettification.
Bright at infrared wavelengths, this merging galaxy pair is some 500 million light-years away toward the constellation Delphinus. The cosmic mashup is seen against a background of even more distant galaxies, and occasional spiky foreground stars.
Image Credit: ESA/Webb, NASA & CSA, L. Armus, A. Evans