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Tail Wagging

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, August 27, 2014/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, art and design

A galaxy with a long tail? no way, you say! Welcome to the Tadpole Galaxy with a tail 280 thousand light-years long containing a string of bright blue star clusters trailing behind.

The consensus appears that a galaxy 420 light years from us resulted from a collision and merger of a smaller and a larger galaxy with the gravitational forces of the larger galaxy tearing apart the smaller one and forming a long tail of the combined galactic structure.

How would you like to have this Hubble photograph on your office, home, or classroom wall?


The Tadpole Galaxy  (credit: Hubble Space Telescope)

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Reilly Capps

8/31/2014 1:01 PM

Wow! What's the theory behind that?

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