Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Potato Chip Galaxy
Truly, the English language is vast enough to come up with something more poetic, but it does get the point across: The latest picture from the European Southern Observatory documents a double blast in a warped galaxy that's been compared to "a gigantic potato crisp." The distorted shape of the tightly wound spiral, officially known as NGC 3190, is due to gravitational tidal interactions. From Alan Boyle at msnbc.

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