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The Whale and Hockey Stick Galaxy

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The Whale and Hockey Stick Galaxy
The Whale Galaxy (the one at the top) storted wedge shape gives it the appearance of a herring or whale. If you closely you will see it is actually two galaxies. One is the long thin one and the other is just above it and looks like a fuzzy star. The galaxy at the bottom is also actually two galaxies. The are in the process of merging in to a single and in the process creating a trail of stars and gas.
Posted on April 15, 2010 Full Size| Slideshow