Beautiful pic! This was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope to cerebrate the 21st birthday of the Hubble in space. Remember, this is a real photo, not a computer-generated image. It's just so mind-blowing that something like this even exists in our world.
The galaxy in the pic has a non-romantic name of UGC 1810. Its shape is distorted not because of a gravitational lens but the gravity from a nearby smaller galaxy with an equally ugly name, UGC 1813.
Well, I'm gonna make this the background of this blog for a while, it's so beautiful.
Oh, the photo itself was taken in December 2010. Wonder why it took so much to show the photo to the world.