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A Galaxy Collision in Action

This beautiful image gives a new look at Stephan's Quintet, a compact group of galaxies discovered about 130 years ago and located about 280 million light years from Earth. The curved, light blue ridge running ...

Jul 09, 2009 4.7 / 5 (10) 2

A curious pair of galaxies

The ESO Very Large Telescope has taken the best image ever of a strange and chaotic duo of interwoven galaxies. The images also contain some surprises -- interlopers both far and near.

Mar 16, 2009 4.8 / 5 (12) 0

Image: X-raying the cosmos

When we gaze up at the night sky, we are only seeing part of the story. Unfortunately, some of the most powerful and energetic events in the Universe are invisible to our eyes – and to even the best optical ...

Apr 22, 2014 4.7 / 5 (6) 0

Image: The NGC 5194 spiral galaxy

The Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as M51 or NGC 5194, is one of the most spectacular examples of a spiral galaxy. With two spiral arms curling into one another in a billowing swirl, this galaxy hosts over ...

Jan 28, 2014 5 / 5 (8) 0

Modeling galaxy mergers

(Phys.org) —Astronomers think that many galaxies, including our own Milky Way, have undergone similar collisions during their lifetimes. Although galaxy collisions are important and common, what happens ...

Jun 03, 2013 3 / 5 (2) 1

'Space warps' project needs your help

(Phys.org) —Astronomers are asking volunteers to help them search for "space warps." More commonly known as "gravitational lenses," these are rare systems with very massive galaxies or clusters of galaxies that bend light ...

May 08, 2013 5 / 5 (3) 0

Galaxy collisions

Collisions between galaxies are common. Indeed, most galaxies have probably been involved in one or more encounters during their lifetimes. One example is our own Milky Way, which is bound by gravity to the ...

Apr 09, 2013 4.7 / 5 (3) 1