When we see photos of space, the data doesn't always come from one place. This photo of the Small Magellanic Cloud comes from the European Space Agency's Herschel's Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE), Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS), and NASA's Spitzer's Multiband Imaging Photometer…
Eons ago, two of our satellite galaxies became locked in a cosmic game of tug-of-war. Their fierce gravitational interactions ripped out a huge ribbon of hot, potentially star-forming gas that now surrounds much of our own galaxy's southern hemisphere, as this amazing new Hubble image shows.
This totally stunning composite picture depicts the Small Magellanic Cloud, one of the Milky Way's closest galactic neighbors. Astronomers recently announced that they'd managed to detect X-rays coming from the young stars, of similar size to Earth, in the SMC's "Wing."
See the blue halo around this supernova? It's blue-shifted because of the Doppler effect, which means it's heading straight for us. And the supernova E0102, in the Small Magellanic Cloud, is only 190,000 light years away. Brace for impact!