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Smashing Results: Lessons Learned from the Antennae Galaxies

Presented by: Brad Whitmore (Space Telescope Science Institute)
Category: Education and Outreach   Duration: 1 hour   Broadcast date: July 06, 2010
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As one of the nearest pairs of colliding galaxies, the Antennae galaxies have been extensively probed to gain understanding of both the dynamics of galaxy interactions and the star and cluster formation properties of mergers. Over the years, and using a variety of Hubble instruments, Dr. Whitmore has studied a wide range of activity in the Antennae, including explosive starburst regions, massive and compact super star clusters, and the tidal disruption of star clusters. These results, while derving from a single well-studied galaxy collision, have nonetheless proven to be generalizable to other galaxies, whether interacting or not. As a bonus, see how you can uncover hundreds of interacting galaxies in the Hubble Archive yourself.

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