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2008-06-18 11:50:53
THERE IT IS! I see it! My American Tourister Rollaway lost on PanAm flight 409 to Philadelphia in 1998! Jeez. I thought that it was somewhere in Luxembourg. Thats what you get for flying out of LaGuardia. Union guys, right? Looks like it may have garnered a moon or two.
2008-06-18 02:42:56
It is hypothesized that a more compact intruder galaxy crossed in front of the Tadpole Galaxy - from left to right from the perspective of Earth - and was slung around behind the Tadpole by their mutual gravitational attraction. During this close encounter, tidal forces drew out the spiral galaxy's stars, gas, and dust, forming the conspicuous tail. The intruder galaxy itself, estimated to lie about 300 thousand light-years behind the Tadpole, can be seen through foreground spiral arms at the upper left. Following its terrestrial namesake, the Tadpole Galaxy will likely lose its tail as it grows older, the tail's star clusters forming smaller satellites of the large spiral galaxy. Well that's what WikiP says anyway!