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Galaxies in the River

Galaxies in the River - space, river, galaxies, astronomy, dwarf galaxies, eridanus, ngc 1531, milky way
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Large galaxies grow by eating small ones. Even our own galaxy practices galactic cannibalism, absorbing small galaxies that get too close and are captured by the Milky Way's gravity. In fact, the practice is common in the universe and illustrated by this striking pair of interacting galaxies from the banks of the southern constellation Eridanus (The River). Located over 50 million light years away, the large, distorted spiral NGC 1532 is seen locked in a gravitational struggle with dwarf galaxy NGC 1531, a struggle the smaller galaxy will eventually lose. Seen edge-on, spiral NGC 1532 spans about 100,000 light-years.
lara Uploaded by lara on . Galaxies in the River - Desktop Nexus Space Download free wallpapers and background images: Galaxies in the River. Desktop Nexus Space background ID 406291. Large galaxies grow by eating small ones. Even our own galaxy practices galactic cannibalism, absorbing small galaxies that get too close and are captured by the Milky Way's gravity. In fact, the practice is common in the universe and illustrated by this striking pair of interacting galaxies from the banks of the southern constellation Eridanus (The River). Located over 50 million light years away, the large, distorted spiral NGC 1532 is seen locked in a gravitational struggle with dwarf galaxy NGC 1531, a struggle the smaller galaxy will eventually lose. Seen edge-on, spiral NGC 1532 spans about 100,000 light-years. Rating: 4.3

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ramyadevims
Posted by ramyadevims on 07/18/10 at 03:50 AM
Another interesting information:) Thank you Larissa:) +1 fav
Well_wisher
Posted by Well_wisher on 07/17/10 at 05:40 AM
if our galaxy interact with bigger galaxy !!!
Will we survive ?
Deejai
Posted by Deejai on 07/17/10 at 04:53 AM
Thanks for the interesting info. 1fd
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Uploaded By: lara
Date Uploaded: July 17, 2010
Filename: NGC1532_pugh.jpg
Original Resolution: 2586x2119
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Category: Galaxies

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