Quantcast
Cosmic Mashup
330 of 3949

Cosmic Mashup

August 15, 2013
Observations with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have revealed a massive cloud of multimillion-degree gas in a galaxy about 60 million light years from Earth. The hot gas cloud is likely caused by a collision between a dwarf galaxy and a much larger galaxy called NGC 1232. If confirmed, this discovery would mark the first time such a collision has been detected only in X-rays, and could have implications for understanding how galaxies grow through similar collisions.

Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Huntingdon Inst. for X-ray Astronomy/G.Garmire, Optical: ESO/VLT

[ Read the Article: Dwarf Galaxy Caught Ramming Into A Large Spiral Galaxy ]



comments powered by Disqus