Christensen, Lars Lindberg, de Martin, Davide, Shida, Raquel Yumi
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Showcases the beautiful and astounding high resolution images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of the gigantic cosmic collisions between galaxies
Explains for general readers the significance of these merging galaxies in the context of the past, present, and future understanding of our universe
Presents the images as snapshots in time and creates a "still-frame movie," showing the incredible cosmic processes at work
Many of these Hubble images will be seen for the first time in this book
Lars Lindberg Christensen, Raquel Yumi Shida & Davide De Martin
Cosmic Collisions: The Hubble Atlas of Merging Galaxies
Like majestic ships in the grandest night, galaxies can slip ever closer until their mutual gravitational interaction begins to mold them into intricate figures that are finally, and irreversibly, woven together. It is an immense cosmic dance, choreographed by gravity.
Cosmic Collisions contains a hundred new, many thus far unpublished, images of colliding galaxies from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
It is believed that many present-day galaxies, including the Milky Way, were assembled from such a coalescence of smaller galaxies, occurring over billions of years. Triggered by the colossal and violent interaction between the galaxies, stars form from large clouds of gas in firework bursts, creating brilliant blue star clusters. The importance of these cosmic encounters reaches far beyond the stunning Hubble images. They may, in fact, be among the most important processes that shape the universe we inhabit today.
Content Level »Popular/general
Keywords »Evolution of Galaxies - Formation of the universe - Galaxy - Hubble Space Telescope Images - Interacting Galaxies - Milky Way pictures - Space-based telescopes - Stars and Galaxies - Universe - astronomy coffee table