Antennae Galaxies



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English: Original caption from NASA: “This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the Antennae galaxies (NGC 4038 & 4039) is the sharpest yet of this merging pair of galaxies. During the course of the collision, billions of stars will be formed. The brightest and most compact of these star birth regions are called super star clusters.”
“ The two spiral galaxies started to interact a few hundred million years ago, making the Antennae galaxies one of the nearest and youngest examples of a pair of colliding galaxies. Nearly half of the faint objects in the Antennae image are young clusters containing tens of thousands of stars. The orange blobs to the left and right of image center are the two cores of the original galaxies and consist mainly of old stars criss-crossed by filaments of dust, which appear brown in the image. The two galaxies are dotted with brilliant blue star-forming regions surrounded by glowing hydrogen gas, appearing in the image in pink.”
Français : NGC 4038 et NGC 4039, dites les Galaxies des Antennes, photographiées par le télescope spatial Hubble, de la NASA. Ces deux galaxies sont en train de fusionner, et cette fusion engendre la formation de nombreux amas d'étoiles. Les galaxies des antennes ont commencé à interagir il y a quelques centaines de millions d'années, et constituent l'une des paires de galaxies en interaction gravitaires les plus proches et les mieux visibles du ciel.
Date 16 October 2006(2006-10-16)
Author NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration
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