Hubble Contest

The Hubble image contest has been completed. The winner, by a landslide, is the Interacting Galaxies. I can only presume, humbly, that it was my endorsement of this image that made it the winner.

Arp 274 is a pair of galaxies. Drawn together by their gravity, they are starting to interact. The spiral shapes of these galaxies are mostly intact, but evidence can be seen of the gravitational distortions they are creating within each other. When galaxies interact and merge together, the gas clouds inside them often form tremendous numbers of new stars.

More detailed images of Arp 274 (the winner) will be released soon. In the meantime, here’s another image of interacting galaxies (Arp 148).

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Hubble image to be released between April 2 and 5

Come back to see the Hubble picture of Arp 274, released between April 2-5 during 100 Hours of Astronomy, a worldwide event focused on renewing interest in the night sky.

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14 comments on “Hubble Contest

  1. Absolutely beautiful…truly a tribute to the program and those who strive to capture and preserve such archives. Thank you, Brian

  2. “totally awesome, and i do not get why some people do not look up……”

    totally 100% agree though i would add… psalms 19: 1…
    “the heavens are declaring the glory of God & of the work of his hands the expanse is telling”

  3. Joy,

    There are two galaxies colliding in the image. They’re both roughly disc shaped, but they rest at different angles relative to us.

    sandmanxxx,

    It is theorized that black holes lie at the center of most, if not all, galaxies. For instance, there is one about 30,000 light years away from us in the Milky Way right now. But the existence of these black holes does not mean that all things affected by them will be devoured. Think of the Sun. Its gravity affects Earth and all other things in the solar system, but not all things are necessarily crashing toward it. A black hole works on the same principle: stars and other celestial objects can be caught by its gravitational pull, but that doesn’t mean all such objects will directly fall to the center and be devoured.

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