Sample Frame from Planetarium Dome Scientific Visualization
Sample Frame from Planetarium Dome Scientific Visualization
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News release ID: STScI-2002-09
Release Date: Apr 9, 2002
Image Use: Copyright
About this image

This image is a sample frame from the galaxy collision scientific visualization for the Einstein Planetarium at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. It is a fisheye projection of the three-dimensional hemispherical dome into a two-dimensional flat image. The image shows part of the aftermath of a galaxy collision. The tidal forces of gravity have strongly distorted the galaxies' shapes, creating long plumes of material called 'tidal tails'.


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Announcements, Galaxies, Hubble Telescope, Illustrations, Interacting Galaxies

Credits

Credit: F. Summers (Space Telescope Science Institute), C. Mihos (Case Western Reserve University), L. Hernquist (Harvard University)