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  1. #1 4 HUGE Galaxies Collide!! 
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    Check out Spitzer's newest press release:

    Four galaxies are slamming into each other and kicking up billions of stars in one of the largest cosmic smash-ups ever observed.

    The clashing galaxies, spotted by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, will eventually merge into a single, behemoth galaxy up to 10 times as massive as our own Milky Way. This rare sighting provides an unprecedented look at how the most massive galaxies in the universe form.

    "Most of the galaxy mergers we already knew about are like compact cars crashing together," said Kenneth Rines of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Mass. "What we have here is like four sand trucks smashing together, flinging sand everywhere." Rines is lead author of a new paper accepted for publication in Astrophysical Journal Letters.
    Here's the rest: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/Media.../release.shtml

    its really amazing to think of just how MASSIVE this stuff is...


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    Cool find I'll check it out after work


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    Indeed. That was quite interesting. Thanks for the link
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