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Astronomy Picture of the Day
Posted By admin On April 29, 2011 @ 6:46 am In Photo Essays | Comments Disabled
Some 60 million light-years away in the southerly constellation Corvus, two large galaxies collided.
Explanation: Some 60 million light-years away in the southerly constellation Corvus , two large galaxies collided . But the stars in the two galaxies, cataloged as NGC 4038 and NGC 4039 , don’t collide in the course of the ponderous event , lasting hundreds of millions of years. Instead, their large clouds of molecular gas  and dust do, triggering furious episodes of star formation near the center of the cosmic wreckage . Spanning about 500 thousand light-years, this stunning view  also reveals new star clusters and matter flung far  from the scene of the accident by gravitational tidal  forces. Of course , the suggestive visual appearance of the extended arcing structures gives the galaxy pair its popular name – The Antennae.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/ngc4038HagarOreshko.jpg
 Copyright: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/lib/about_apod.html#srapply
 stargazer-observatory: http://www.stargazer-observatory.com/
 constellation Corvus: http://hawastsoc.org/deepsky/crv/index.html
 collided: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/newsdesk/archive/releases/1997/34/
 NGC 4038 and NGC 4039: http://www.cv.nrao.edu/~jhibbard/n4038/
 ponderous event: http://www.cita.utoronto.ca/~dubinski/antennae/antennae.html
 molecular gas: http://archive.ncsa.uiuc.edu/Cyberia/Bima/GMC.html
 cosmic wreckage: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap061024.html
 this stunning view: http://www.stargazer-observatory.com/ngc4038.html
 matter flung far: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap090426.html
 gravitational tidal: http://xxx.lanl.gov/abs/astro-ph/0307383
 Of course: http://burro.cwru.edu/JavaLab/GalCrashWeb/
 Astronomy Pictures of the Day: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/
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