Tranquil-Looking Galaxy Bears ‘Battle Scars’ From Ancient Struggles

by Elizabeth Howell April 2, 2014

Shining 60 million light-years away all serene-looking is NGC 1316 (left) and a smaller galaxy NGC 1317. This new picture from the¬†European Southern Observatory’s La Silla Observatory in Chile, however, reveals “battle scars” of ancient fights, the observatory stated. Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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Pink Galactic Smackdown Results in Cosmic Bulls-eye

by John Williams December 6, 2012

Bright pink nebulae encircle spiral galaxy NGC 922 in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: NASA/ESA. Zoom: John Williams/TerraZoom and Zoomify Galaxies pack a wallop. A galactic bulls-eye ringed with pink nebulae is the only evidence of a rare galactic collision of NGC 922 that occurred millions of years ago. Clicking the […]

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Digging Deeper For Dark Matter

by Tammy Plotner October 17, 2011

Dark matter… If it can’t be seen, then how do we know it’s there? If it wasn’t for the effects of gravity, we wouldn’t. We’d have a galaxy filled with runaway stars and no galaxy would exist for long. But how it behaves and how it is distributed in one of the biggest cosmic cryptograms […]

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