Maybe it shows the Star Wars Galaxy being acquired by the Disney galaxy?
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The European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory has beamed home pictures of two galaxies inexorably moving towards each other and boffins offered simulations of what happens next. The galaxies concerned are known as HXMM01, the name given to a bright spot in the sky. Closer examination of HXMM01 tells us it is very old …
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Is it give way to the right, or to the left?
Probably the same as the unofficial rule of the road:
Give way to whoever's biggest.
You can argue about whether a car had priority until you're blue in the face. The fact is that if you pull out in front of bus/lorry then you'll be lucky to be having the argument at all. Which is why I'm always astounded that motorbikes take such risks.
Avoid having the accident. Then it doesn't matter whose fault it was. :-)
Galaxies do not have to give way. They just attract each other - gravity you know - and merge.
Cars, other vehicles and pedestrians get their shape from electromagnetic forces and do not merge.
In certain places here on Earth it's the loudest horn which has right of way, but in the vacuum of space that's not much of an option.
So what we used to call collisions, were now calling mergers?
..... and we enjoyed watching them dance. Then they got married and settled down. Does boredom increase along with entropy?
Like trying to watch the intricacies of a splashing water droplet in real time.
Hear Hear - they should release a simple app so that you can run it at home in your own time.
Actually I'd love to look at the code.
Well I don't know about an app, but there is a program called Universe Sandbox which does something like that. The basic version is free.
You should see what the paid-for version does.
And it's incredibly cheap to get on steam.
A long time ago in
a galaxytwo galaxies far, far, away.
... I imagined the two galaxies going "Whoohooo!" and "Wheee...!!!"
It's quite remarkable just how many galaxies are merging in the distant universe. The IR data from Herschel makes them really easy to spot, because all the dust gets heated by merger-induced star formation. ~20% of galaxies that have IR signatures are merging, which results in some really nice images in the optical region from Hubble.
Goes to a page that says "YouTube Comedy Week" at the top.
Presumably there are many trillions of aliens failing to see the funny side.....
The tremor in the force I felt earlier...
I just find it amazing that:-
1) This happened at Big Bang + 6 billion years
2) We're at Big Bang + 14 billion years
3) Right now, those galaxies have got married, had kids, got divorced and quite possibly died.
4) We're watching their first date
Isn't Herschel supposed to be dead, because its coolant supply ran out?
And there was me hoping for a quote from Mentor :(
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