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Tranquil Galaxy is Home to Violent Events

1 Aug 2012, 13:30 UTC
Tranquil Galaxy is Home to Violent Events
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This beautiful spiral galaxy looks peaceful, with its swirling white blue arms appearing like they could be home to countless solar systems similar to ours. But NGC 1187 has hosted two supernova explosions during the last thirty years, and these violent stellar explosions are the result of the powerful death of either a massive star or a white dwarf in a binary system. Astronomers are keeping an eye on this galaxy for more outbursts. (...)Read the rest of Tranquil Galaxy is Home to Violent Events (320 words)© nancy for Universe Today, 2012. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: ESO, galaxies, NGC 1187 Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh

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