Friday, March 14, 2008
A Celestial Tinkerbell??
Could it be an angel...a celestial Tinkerbell....a heavenly bird? Whatever your take on this recently photographed star constellation, which appears to have a head, body and wings, it's got astronomers excited. Using extremely powerful telescopes, including the famous Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of experts discovered the 'head' of the figure, which they've dubbed 'The Cosmic Bird', is in fact a previously unknown galaxy, which 'merged' with two existing galaxies that make up the 'wings' and 'body'.
Known in stargazing circles as a 'triple merger', this intertwining of star systems is said to be extremly rare.