Latest NGC 2207 and IC Stories

2008-05-09 10:02:06

New research on the Antennae Galaxies using the Advanced Camera for Surveys onboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows that this benchmark pair of interacting galaxies is in fact much closer than previously thought - 45 million light-years instead of 65 million light-years.The Antennae Galaxies are among the closest known merging galaxies. The two galaxies, also known as NGC 4038 and NGC 4039, began interacting a few hundred million years ago, creating one of the most impressive sights...

2007-01-11 09:29:43

A pair of interacting galaxies might be experiencing the galactic equivalent of a mid-life crisis. For some reason, the pair, called Arp 82 (see photo), didn't make their stars early on as is typical of most galaxies. Instead, they got a second wind later in life "“ about 2 billion years ago "“ and started pumping out waves of new stars as if they were young again. The new observations are from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Southeastern...

2006-04-26 13:45:00

A pair of dancing galaxies appears dressed for a cosmic masquerade in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The infrared picture shows what looks like two icy blue eyes staring through an elaborate, swirling red mask. These "eyes" are actually the cores of two merging galaxies, called NGC 2207 and IC 2163, which recently met and began to twirl around each other. The "mask" is made up of the galaxies' twisted spiral arms. Dotted along the arms, like strings of decorative pearls,...

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