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Fraser
2003-Jul-08, 10:08 PM
SUMMARY: A new image taken by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory has provided one of the best views of two galaxies similar to our own Milky Way in the midst of a collision. All galaxies, including our own, have gone through this kind of merger in the past, so this image helps astronomers understand how the Universe came to look like it does today. The galaxies began their slow collision 10-million years ago and have already created regions of intense star formation and may eventually create a supermassive black hole.


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jkmccrann
2005-Oct-25, 08:45 AM
I think an inter-galactic collision like that is something of a magnitude that is truly hard for us humans to comprehend. The only question I have is are we in the Milky Way set for a collision with our cousins in Andromeda? And what about the Magellanic Clouds, are we going to visit them on the way?