Thursday, November 08, 2012


Interaction on a Galactic Scale

The Tadpole Galaxy, about 420 Million light years away, is the result of a smaller galaxy passing close to this spiral and having its dust gas and stars flung around in a thin shepherds crook shaped tail. There are some truly massive blue stars all along this tail. You can still see the core of the intruder behind the disrupted spiral. The really cool thing about this photograph is that almost everything else in it is another galaxy. If it doesn't have quadrant point rays coming off it, it's probably a galaxy.

Just a little needed perspective for our troubled times.


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