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Astronomy Picture of the Day
Posted on 07/18/2010 5:52:51 AM PDT by sig226
The Antennae Galaxies in Collision
Credit: NASA, ESA & B. Whitmore (STScI) et al.; Image processing: Davide De Martin
Explanation: Two galaxies are squaring off in Corvus and here are the latest pictures. But when two galaxies collide, the stars that compose them usually do not. That's because galaxies are mostly empty space and, however bright, stars only take up only a small amount of that space. During the slow, hundred million year collision, one galaxy can still rip the other apart gravitationally, and dust and gas common to both galaxies does collide. In this clash of the titans, dark dust pillars mark massive molecular clouds are being compressed during the galactic encounter, causing the rapid birth of millions of stars, some of which are gravitationally bound together in massive star clusters.
TOPICS: Astronomy Picture of the Day
KEYWORDS: apod; falsecolor
posted on 07/18/2010 5:52:51 AM PDT
To: null and void; fnord; Number57; KevinDavis; rdb3; MNJohnnie; RightWhale; proudofthesouth; ...
posted on 07/18/2010 5:53:34 AM PDT
(Bring back Jimmy Carter!!!)
Looks like a child in the womb. Don’t tell Obama though. He’ll task Bolden to kill it once he’s through groveling to the MooSlimes.
This is the BEST dang ((((( ping )))))
list on Planet Earth!
These pictures are awe inspiring.
(Though the String Theory Ping List isn't far behind ;-))
posted on 07/18/2010 6:22:19 AM PDT
That is Absolutely Magnificent, Sig!
posted on 07/18/2010 6:24:51 AM PDT
by left that other site
(Your Mi'KMaq Paddy Whacky Bass Playing Biker Buddy)
Hopefully this will be the result of Americans coming together to defeat the evil that controls our lives today.
I refer to this:
“causing the rapid birth of millions of stars, some of which are gravitationally bound together in massive star clusters.”
I hope that Conservatives represent those “gravitationally bound together in massive star clusters”.
posted on 07/18/2010 7:29:23 AM PDT
3rd consecutive keeper, APOD is on a roll! Thanks Sig!
posted on 07/18/2010 7:47:37 AM PDT
(Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it. - Bernard Bailey
posted on 07/18/2010 7:49:09 AM PDT
(When the government boot is on your neck, it matters not whether it is the right boot or the left.)
posted on 07/18/2010 8:55:50 AM PDT
(Jesus loves me, this I know.)
I thought it was a big honker under a microscope! lol
posted on 07/18/2010 8:58:53 AM PDT
by Dem Guard
(Throw the trash out on November 2nd!)
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