Nighttime Sky View of Future Galaxy Merger: 7 Billion Years

Nighttime Sky View of Future Galaxy Merger: 7 Billion Years

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News release ID: STScI-2012-20
Release Date: May 31, 2012
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The merged galaxies form a huge elliptical galaxy, its bright core dominating the nighttime sky. Scoured of dust and gas, the newly merged elliptical galaxy no longer makes stars and no nebulae appear in the sky. The aging starry population is no longer concentrated along a plane, but instead fills an ellipsoidal volume.


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Galaxies, Hubble Telescope, Illustrations, Interacting Galaxies, Spiral Galaxies

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Science Illustration Credit: NASA, ESA, Z. Levay and R. van der Marel (STScI), T. Hallas, and A. Mellinger