Release No. 04-29: Galactic Collision Reveals Fate of Milky Way Galaxy For Release: September 7, 2004
This false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescoperevealshidden populations of newborn stars at the heart of the colliding"Antennae"galaxies. The main image is a false-color composite of infrared data(red)from Spitzer and visible-light data (blue, green) from Kitt PeakNationalObservatory, Tucson, Ariz. The upper right panel shows the Spitzer imagebyitself, using infrared light at wavelengths ranging from 3.6 microns(shownin blue) to 8.0 microns (shown in red). The lower right panel shows thetrue-color, visible-light image by itself.
Composite image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Harvard-SmithsonianCfA/NOAO/AURA
Spitzer image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Harvard-Smithsonian CfA
Visible-light image credit: Mary Jo Rushing and Jim Lawler/AdamBlock/NOAO/AURA/NSF
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This artist's conception shows a hidden population of new starsthat the Spitzer Space Telescope spotted inside a dark storm of dustthatblankets the heart of the merging Antennae galaxies. Several billionyearsfrom now, our home might look the same as the Andromeda galaxy smashesintothe Milky Way like a bulldozer through a condemned building.Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA) JPEG (97K) High Resolution JPEG (1.7M)