January 8, 2004
This Chandra image shows a pair of interacting galaxies known as The Antennae. Rich deposits of neon, magnesium, and silicon were discovered in the interstellar gas of this system. The top image, a wide field X-ray view, reveals spectacular loops of hot gas spreading out from the southern part of The Antenna into intergalactic space. Also shown are huge clouds of multimillion degree gas and bright point like sources due to neutron stars and black holes.
Topics: Interacting galaxies, Peculiar galaxies, Galaxy, Antennae Galaxies, Neon, Extragalactic astronomy, Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies, Unbarred spiral galaxies, Galaxy formation and evolution, Spiral galaxies