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Cosmic Collisions: The Hubble Atlas of Merging Galaxies by Lars Lindberg Christensen

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 till their mutual gravitational interplay starts to mould them into problematic figures which are eventually, and irreversibly, woven jointly. it's a massive cosmic dance, choreographed by means of gravity.

Cosmic Collisions includes a hundred new, many to this point unpublished, photos of colliding galaxies from the NASA/ESA Hubble house Telescope.

It is assumed that many present-day galaxies, together with the Milky manner, have been assembled from any such coalescence of smaller galaxies, happening over billions of years. brought on through the huge and violent interplay among the galaxies, stars shape from huge clouds of gasoline in firework bursts, growing great blue megastar clusters. the significance of those cosmic encounters reaches a long way past the lovely Hubble photographs. they might, actually, be one of the most vital strategies that form the universe we inhabit today.

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ISBN 978-0-387-387-93853-0

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