Unprotected galaxy sex (?!?)

By Risa Wechsler | October 18, 2006 10:42 pm

antenae

via my friend Marla (who recently wrote the only astronomy article I’ve ever seen in the Nation) comes this SFGate caption describing a new Hubble Space Telescope image of the antenae galaxies, the Brad and Angelina of colliding galaxies:

Is that a red giant or are you just happy to see me? A new Hubble image gives the sharpest view yet of the two Antennae galaxies, which are shown here basically having unprotected sex. The merging galaxies smash together, causing billions of stars to be born, mostly in clusters.

This must be more of those San Francisco values speaking.

The more detailed, PG-rated version of the caption can be found at the Hubble Site.

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  • graviton383

    Hooray for San Francisco values! They are not too far from my native New York values…

  • http://RiofrioSpaceTime.blogspot.com Louise

    Thank you Risa, for an informative and on-subject post. Have you been to the SF Ferry building, the new De Young, or the new SF Centre yet?

  • http://quantumnonsense.blogspot.com/ Qubit

    BIG BANG
    Two galaxies make love.. and millions of new stars are born

    The Daily Mirror in the UK.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/topstories/tm_method=full%26objectid=17948894%26siteid=94762-name_page.html

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