Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Ending Star Formation by Collision

Colliding Galaxies As Contraceptive

Credit: Tomer Tal and Jeffrey Kenney/Yale University and NOAO/AURA/NSF

M86-NGC4438 complex: A deep image of part of the Virgo cluster revealing tendrils of ionized hydrogen gas 400,000 light-years long that connect the elliptical galaxy M86 (right) and the disturbed spiral galaxy NGC 4438 (left)

Enough star formation already, lets collide said the one big fat galaxy to the other!

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