Sunday, 31 March 2013

The Rose Galaxies

Galaxies, Stars and Nebulae series

Another post taking a more detailed look at one of the wonders of outer space. Deep in our universe, wherever you look, you're bound to see something magnificent (if you look far enough 'back in time').

So here's my remix of one of the best shots taken by Hubble/NASA/ESA. It's the stunning interacting pair known as The Rose Galaxies, having the more mundane names in astronomy circles of UGC 1810 and UGC 1813 separately and ARP273, when taken together.

The Rose Galaxies

The disc of the larger of the spiral galaxies is being twisted by the intense gravitational pull of its companion galaxy. Scattered throughout the spiral arms, glistening like blue jewels, are hot young stars conceived in the turmoil of the interstellar dust kicked up by the interaction.

The Rose Galaxies lie in the Andromeda constellation, 300 million light years away, and its image has become a very popular romantic one, speaking of mystery and wonder and, of course, because it's shaped like a rose!

Get this amazing space photo

From greetings cards to phone cases, iPad Mini cases to poster prints and canvases, you're sure to find a gift to suit. I've chosen to show you this monogrammed piece of gold-finish jewellery, something that will delight your special lady as a romantic token. Very popular. Click the image below to try out her initials and see how good it looks...

See more items in the Galaxies, Stars and Nebulae series
- our Desiderata posters are always popular
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