Spirals out of control

Spirals out of control

Spirals out of control

Bad Astronomy
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July 26 2006 11:29 PM

Spirals out of control

Who doesn't love a spiral galaxy? Majestic, sparkling, lovely to behold... I could go on and on about the marvelous and wondrous science behind them; how spiral arms form, why stars are born there, and how the passage of a nearby galaxy can disturb their graceful symmetry.

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But instead, I'll just point you to the European Southern Observatory collection of disturbed spiral galaxies and simply let you absorb their beauty.

Sigh.