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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
Sat May 5, 2012
Galaxies In Collision
Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 10:04 am
Here is a wonderful image of two galaxies in the midst of a million-year-plus long collision.
From NASA's image of the day description:
"This interacting pair of galaxies is included in Arp's catalog of peculiar galaxies as number 148. Arp 148 is the staggering aftermath of an encounter between two galaxies, resulting in a ring-shaped galaxy and a long-tailed companion. The collision between the two parent galaxies produced a shockwave effect that first drew matter into the center and then caused it to propagate outwards in a ring. The elongated companion perpendicular to the ring suggests that Arp 148 is a unique snapshot of an ongoing collision."
It's worth noting that our galaxy and Andromeda will be doing this kind of dance in a few billion years (start worrying now, its never too early.)