Cosmic Collisions: The Hubble Atlas of Merging Galaxies
Lars Lindberg Christensen, Davide Martin, Raquel Yumi Shida Издательство:Springer Год издания: 2009 Страниц: 128 ISBN: 0387938532 Формат: PDF Размер:73 Mб Язык: английский Like no other telescope ever invented, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space
Telescope has given us magnificent high resolution views of the
gigantic cosmic collisions between galaxies. Hubble's images are
snapshots in time and catch the colliding galaxies in different stages
of collision. Thanks to a new and amazing set of 60 Hubble images, for
the first time these different stages can be put together to form a
still-frame movielike montage showing the incredible processes taking
place as galaxies collide and merge. The significance of these
cosmic encounters reaches far beyond aesthetics. Galaxy mergers may, in
fact, be some of the most important processes that shape our universe.
Colliding galaxies very likely, hold some of the most important clues
to our cosmic past and to our destiny. It now seems clear that the
Milky Way is continuously undergoing merging events, some small scale,
others on a gigantic scale. And the importance of this process in the
lives of galaxies is much greater than what was previously thought.