Gary Imm

GaryI

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A backyard amateur astrophotographer enjoying retirement with my wife on beautiful Lake Livingston in Onalaska, Texas, about 90 minutes north of Houston.

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Arp 244, the Antennae Galaxy, is my favorite Arp object. Two galaxies with long opposing tails are captured in a cosmic dance that reflects the early courtship stage of an eventual merger. The object’s beauty belies the destructive gravitation forces that are reshaping the gas, dust and stars of these galaxies on a massive scale. Computer simulations have been used to study this object in great deal. So much so that you will see these referred to as studies of “Antennae Galaxy types”, which reflects the fact that numerous objects like this one exist in our universe.