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Breathtaking NASA Images to Celebrate 18th Anniversary of the Hubble

By: Elsa Blaine - Published:   Updated: Apr 8 2011 • References: nasa.gov and popsci
In celebration of the Hubble telescope's 18th anniversary, NASA has released a compilation of 59 galactic photographs taken from the renowned telescope. NASA calling the the collection of dynamic images "Galaxies Gone Wild".

These five pics are my favorites from the "Galaxies Gone Wild" collection.

"For all their violence, galactic smash-ups take place at a glacial rate by human standards - timescales on the order of several hundred million years. The images in the Hubble atlas capture snapshots of the various merging galaxies at various stages in their collision.

Most of the 59 new Hubble images are part of a large investigation of luminous and ultra-luminous infrared galaxies called the GOALS project (Great Observatories All-sky LIRG Survey). This survey combines observations from Hubble, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, and NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. The majority of the Hubble observations are led by Aaron S. Evans of Caltech."