Register for an account

X

Enter your name and email address below.

Your email address is used to log in and will not be shared or sold. Read our privacy policy.

X

Website access code

Enter your access code into the form field below.

If you are a Zinio, Nook, Kindle, Apple, or Google Play subscriber, you can enter your website access code to gain subscriber access. Your website access code is located in the upper right corner of the Table of Contents page of your digital edition.

The Sciences

Unprotected galaxy sex (?!?)

Cosmic VarianceBy Risa WechslerOctober 19, 2006 7:42 AM
antenae.jpg

Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news

via my friend Marla (who recently wrote the only astronomy article I've ever seen in the Nation) comes this SFGate caption describing a new Hubble Space Telescope image of the antenae galaxies, the Brad and Angelina of colliding galaxies:

Is that a red giant or are you just happy to see me? A new Hubble image gives the sharpest view yet of the two Antennae galaxies, which are shown here basically having unprotected sex. The merging galaxies smash together, causing billions of stars to be born, mostly in clusters.

This must be more of those San Francisco values speaking. The more detailed, PG-rated version of the caption can be found at the Hubble Site.

    2 Free Articles Left

    Want it all? Get unlimited access when you subscribe.

    Subscribe

    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In

    Want unlimited access?

    Subscribe today and save 70%

    Subscribe

    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In