Hubble finds the calm after the galactic storm

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Hubble finds the calm after the galactic storm

Post by Dragon on Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:24 pm


Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope caught sight of a soft, diffuse-looking galaxy that is probably the aftermath of a long-ago galactic collision. Two spiral galaxies, each perhaps much like the Milky Way, swirled together for millions of years.

In such mergers, the original galaxies are often stretched and pulled apart as they wrap around a common center of gravity. After a few back-and-forths, this starry tempest settles down into a new, round object. The now subdued celestial body, cataloged as SDSS J162702.56+432833.9, is technically known as an elliptical galaxy.

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Post by Dragon on Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:27 pm



Two spiral galaxies undergo a protracted crash lasting two billion years, eventually merging into a single elliptical galaxy.

 
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