By Lars Lindberg Christensen

Lars Lindberg Christensen, Raquel Yumi Shida & Davide De Martin

Cosmic Collisions: The Hubble Atlas of Merging Galaxies

Like majestic ships within the grandest evening, galaxies can slip ever nearer until eventually their mutual gravitational interplay starts off to mould them into complicated figures which are eventually, and irreversibly, woven jointly. it really is a massive cosmic dance, choreographed via gravity.

Cosmic Collisions encompasses a hundred new, many to this point unpublished, photographs of colliding galaxies from the NASA/ESA Hubble house Telescope.

It is thought that many present-day galaxies, together with the Milky manner, have been assembled from this type of coalescence of smaller galaxies, taking place over billions of years. caused via the large and violent interplay among the galaxies, stars shape from huge clouds of gasoline in firework bursts, growing superb blue megastar clusters. the significance of those cosmic encounters reaches a long way past the lovely Hubble pictures. they might, in reality, be one of the most crucial methods that form the universe we inhabit today.

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