Thursday, August 5, 2010

NASA's Great Observatories have released a beautiful new image of the Antennae galaxies!

The Antennae galaxies, located about 62 million light years from Earth.

  • A new composite image from NASA's Great Observatories presents a stunning display of the Antennae galaxies.

  • X-ray data from Chandra (blue), optical data from Hubble (gold and brown), and infrared data from Spitzer (red) are featured.

  • Supernova explosions are enriching the intergalactic gas with elements like oxygen, iron, and silicon that will be incorporated into new generations of stars and planets