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M82 is “the prototypical starburst galaxy in the nearby universe,” said astronomer Roy Kilgard of Wesleyan University, who presented the new image in a press conference Thursday at the meeting of the American Astronomical Society. The galaxy lies just 12 million light-years from the Milky Way, and is the brightest galaxy in the sky in infrared wavelengths. The image above was captured by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory over the course of nearly two years. “It’s extraordinary. I’ve never seen detail like this in an X-ray image before,” Kilgard said.
The blue grand-spiral galaxy M81 dominates the bottom center of the image, and the small elliptical galaxy NGC 3077 lies to the bottom left. The faint green streaks that crisscross the image are lanes of dust in the Milky Way. The huge burst of star-forming activity in M82 was probably triggered by a recent near-miss collision with M81, said astronomer Ned Wright of the University of California, Los Angeles. The encounter stopped M82’s rotation, and dumped a huge amount of gas into the galaxy’s center, where it collapsed into bright, young stars. Near-miss collisions often result in distorted, wonky-looking galaxies. But for M81, the flyby with M82 may have enhanced its spiral structure. Eventually these things will merge into some giant mega-galaxy,” Wright said.
What is it all for? Is there something greater that we don't understand or know about?
Something much much bigger than ourselves. Hopefully awaiting us to arrive on scene and get involved in the game.
Are they color enhancing this stuff? One has to ask.
heading to a new age of new sciences and possibly indifferent scenario''s we have never had to deal with before.