Hubble Interacting Galaxies Poster
April 26, 2008
Astronomy textbooks typically present galaxies as staid, solitary, and majestic island worlds of glittering stars. But galaxies have a dynamical side. They have close encounters that sometimes end in grand mergers and overflowing sites of new star birth as the colliding galaxies morph into wondrous new shapes. In celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope's 18th launch anniversary, this poster with 59 views of colliding galaxies constitute the largest collection of Hubble images ever released to the public. This new Hubble atlas dramatically illustrates how galaxy collisions produce a remarkable variety of intricate structures in never-before-seen detail.
Topics: Interacting galaxies, Extragalactic astronomy, Galaxy, Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies, Galaxy formation and evolution, Hubble Space Telescope