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April 9, 2002 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2002-09

Hubble Astronomer Creates Spectacular Galaxy Collision Visualization for the National Air and Space Museum


Image: Sample Frame from Planetarium Dome Scientific Visualization

Sample Frame from Planetarium Dome Scientific VisualizationSTScI-PRC2002-09 Artist's Concept

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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'.

Image Type: Illustration

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


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