ann1409 - Announcement

Hubblecast 76: Merging galaxies and droplets of starbirth

Hubble snaps “beads on a string” star formation between two merging elliptical galaxies

10 July 2014

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a merger between two elliptical galaxies in the cluster known as SDSS J1531+3414. Finding two ellipticals merging is rare, but it is even rarer to find a merger between elliptical galaxies that is so rich in gas that it can induce star formation. This Hubblecast explores this rare event and the unusual “beads on a string” type of star formation that has occurred.

  • Directed by: Georgia Bladon
  • Visual design and editing: Martin Kornmesser
  • Written by: Nicky Guttridge and Georgia Bladon
  • Narration: Sara Mendes da Costa
  • Images: NASA, ESA
  • Videos: NASA, ESA
    • Dripping water video (04:33): Dirk Essl
    • Galaxy formation animation (04:44): Klaus Dolag (MPA, Garching)
  • Music: Steve Buick
  • Web and technical support: Mathias Andre and Raquel Yumi Shida
  • Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen

Links

  • Hubblecast 76 can be downloaded in a range of formats including HD here

Contacts

Georgia Bladon
Hubble/ESA, Garching, Germany
Tel: +49-89-3200-6855
Cell: +44 7816291261
E-mail: gbladon@partner.eso.org

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Screenshot of Hubblecast 76
Screenshot of Hubblecast 76

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Hubblecast 76: Merging galaxies and droplets of starbirth
Hubblecast 76: Merging galaxies and droplets of starbirth

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