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NASA has released a combined Image of Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
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A new image of two
tangled galaxies has been released by NASA’s Great Observatories. The Antennae galaxies, located about 62 million light-years
from Earth, are shown in this composite image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), the Hubble Space Telescope (gold
and brown), and the Spitzer Space Telescope (red). The Antennae galaxies take their name from the long, antenna-like arms
seen in wide-angle views of the system. These features were produced in the collision.
collision, which began more than 100 million years ago and is still occurring, has triggered the formation of millions of
stars in clouds of dusts and gas in the galaxies. The most massive of these young stars have already sped through their evolution in a few million years and exploded as supernovas.
The X-ray image from Chandra shows huge clouds of hot, interstellar gas, which have been injected
with rich deposits of elements from supernova explosions. This enriched gas, which includes elements such as oxygen, iron, magnesium and silicon, will be incorporated
into new generations of stars and planets. The bright, point-like sources in the image are produced by material falling onto black holes and neutron stars that are
remnants of the massive stars. Some of these black holes may have masses that are almost one hundred times that of the sun.
The Spitzer data show infrared
light from warm dust clouds that have been heated by newborn stars, with the brightest clouds lying in the overlap region between the two
galaxies. The Hubble data reveal old stars and star-forming regions in gold and white, while filaments of dust appear in brown.
Many of the fainter objects in the optical image are clusters containing thousands of stars.