View Full Version : Galaxy Shreds as it Collides With a Cluster of Galaxies

2005-Sep-12, 09:03 AM
SUMMARY: A new image from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory shows a distant galaxy that used to look like our own Milky Way crashing into a cluster of galaxies at 7.5 million kilometers per hour. The force of this collision is so strong that the ambient hydrogen in the galaxy is being stripped away, leaving only the skeletal spiral arms. Without hydrogen, new star formation in the galaxy has come to a stop. Although galaxy collisions have been seen before, this is the most swift and violent one ever seen.

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