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Fraser
2006-Jun-29, 02:31 AM
When galaxies interact, it's never a pretty picture. But it can be a source of rebirth and renewal. In this photograph, captured by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, galaxy NGC 5917 (at the top) is tearing apart its nearby neighbour. The tidal forces between galaxies cause huge clouds of gas and dust to compact, creating nurseries of giant, hot stars. These stars live fast and die young as powerful supernovae. Supernova SN2005cf was discovered last year along the bridge connecting the two galaxies.

Read the full blog entry (http://www.universetoday.com/2006/06/28/interacting-galaxies-generate-a-supernova/)

antoniseb
2006-Jul-03, 02:09 PM
It seems like we've known for a long time that galaxies interacting tend to cause a rash of star forming.