25 June 2013

Antennae Galaxies Photo Addendum

I know you’ll be disappointed, but I’m not going to show detailed close-ups of cockroaches or other bugs grooming their antennae in this addendum to last Friday’s blog post, Bug Grooming. There are other antennae to be seen, and they’re not on bugs, cars, houses, mountaintops or even the earth. 

Do you remember the deep-sky photos in last year’s Astronomy Photo Addendum? Today, there’s more. If you’re not into astronomy, you probably don’t know about the two spiral Antennae Galaxies (cataloged as NGC 4038 and 4039) that have been colliding for a few hundred million years.

Ground-based image of Antennae Galaxies and their
antennae-like tails taken by Robert Gendler in 2008.
(from the Hubble European Space Agency Information
Centre website www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0812c/)
Hubble Telescope image of Antennae Galaxies by NASA, ESA,
and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble
Collaboration (hubblesite.org/gallery/album/pr2006046a)


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