June 29th, 2007

palomar telescope

Astro-image of the day: NGC 4038 + NGC 4039 - The Antennae or Ringtail Galaxy

This is a pair of colliding galaxies, barely resembling their former (spiral?) selves, in the process of becoming something new:

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PS: Most of my astro-images of the day are not the same as you'd find on the Astronomy Picture of the Day site (to which I sometimes link out-of-order), which is well worth watching. Or just watch my LJ for what I think is the coolest bit o' astro-imagery out there each day *g*