The Stars (Space!), 1st Edition by Gail Mack

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Night Sky Atlas. New York: DK Publishing, 2007. Simon, Seymour. Stars. New York: HarperCollins, 2006. Stott, Carole. Space Exploration. New York: DK Publishing, 2004. WEBSITES Curious about Astronomy? gov 61 bibliography The author found these resources especially helpful while researching this book. Aguilar, David A. Planets, Stars, and Galaxies. : National Geographic Society, 2007. , Will Hopkins, Loralee Nolletti, and Michael Soluri. Cosmos: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe. , 2007.

Galaxies sometimes do collide, with spectacular results. For example, the Cartwheel galaxy—500 million light-years from Earth—collided with another galaxy and formed two rings of gas and brand-new stars. The Whirlpool galaxy has a spiral shape, thanks to a small galaxy near it. The little galaxy brushes against the larger Whirlpool galaxy, and the small galaxy’s gravity may be pulling at the larger one, shaping it into a spiral. The discovery of galaxies beyond the Milky Way meant that the universe was much larger than scientists had thought.

These send out enormous amounts of radiation from their cores. They can emit this radiation for millions of years. Spiral, elliptical, and irregular galaxies can all be active galaxies. 6 million light-years across and was found in a galaxy about 5 billion light-years away from Earth. THE MILKY WAY The Milky Way is the galaxy that is home to our Solar System and billions of stars. It is about 100,000 light-years across and is shaped like a thin disk with a bulge in the center. 46 trillion km) across the middle of the galaxy.

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