Tadpole Galaxy: A Hubble Image Tour

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Duration: 2 minutes, 27 seconds

Against a stunning backdrop of thousands of galaxies, this odd-looking galaxy with a long streamer of stars appears to be racing through space, like a runaway pinwheel firework. The small, blue galaxy visible in the upper left corner of the Tadpole ripped through the larger spiral galaxy, distorting it and pulling out a long tail of stars, gas and dust.

Explore the science along with the scenery – Image Tours show Hubble pictures through an astronomer's eyes, pinpointing and explaining key features to add understanding to the joy of cosmic sightseeing.

The Tadpole Galaxy: Distorted Victim of Cosmic Collision

Astronomical, Galaxies, Hubble Telescope, Interacting Galaxies, Spiral Galaxies


Publication: March 21, 2006

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