The following is an article found in the 8/10/2003 MSNBC web site.
I could not believe my eyes when I read this article (and saw the picture)!!!
How could such situations exist?!?! Should we allow such depraved behavior in our. . . . . universe?!?!?
I think not!
I am against this type of behavior. We should not allow such cannibalism to take place! I'm thinking of forming my own campaign for California Governorship based on the premise that Space Cannibalism is a behavior that should not be tolerated. I hope that you all support me and my platform:
Space Cannibalism should be outlawed and met with a stiff fine and jail sentence.
By the way, I am accepting bribes. . . errr. . . donations for my run as a candidate for the California Governir. (And please ignore that fact that I probably spelled Governir incorrectly!)
Please read the article found below and join me in my campaign to wipe out Space Cannibalism!
Big Galaxy Spied Gobbling a Little One
Scientists snap picture
of 'space cannibalism'
By Deborah Zabarenko
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8- A big galaxy is gobbling a tiny one, just as astronomers have long suspected, and for the first time there is photographic evidence of this kind of galactic cannibalism, snapped by the Hubble Space Telescope.
THE ORBITING TELESCOPE captured the image of the gorging galaxy as part of a much larger picture of a long-tailed galaxy that has become known as the Tadpole. This photo was one of the first to be released last year after a new advanced camera was installed aboard Hubble.
The Tadpole dominates the image, but the second-brightest object is a massive spiral galaxy seen in the lower left corner, with an apparent companion nearby that is seemingly linked to the bigger galaxy.
U.S. and Australian astronomers were intrigued by this mismatched pair of cosmic objects, but the Hubble image alone was not enough to confirm that this was a case of a dominant galaxy feeding on a much smaller dwarf galaxy.
To do this, they used the Keck Telescope in Hawaii, which was able to show plumes of stars streaming away from the dwarf galaxy's heart toward the big galaxy, the astronomers said in a statement. The galactic pair is located about 2 billion light-years from Earth. A light-year is about 6 trillion miles, the distance light travels in a year.
Their findings were published Thursday in Science Express.
The tiny galaxy is being ripped apart by the gravitational forces of the larger one, and the dwarf galaxy's stolen stars will wind up as part of a spherical halo surrounding the flattened disk of the larger spiral galaxy, the astronomers said.
REMNANT TRAILS OF STARS
The big galaxy will continue to transform its smaller companion for billions of years, said astronomer Duncan Forbes of Swinburne University in Hawthorn, Australia.
"After a few billion years, it may be completely disrupted, leaving only a remnant trail, or relic stream or ghost, behind in the halo of the spiral," Forbes said in answer to e-mailed questions about his research.
Astronomers who study how galaxies form and transform have reckoned that such interactions between galaxies would occur, but this is the first time that a Hubble image, enhanced by observations by the ground-based Keck telescope and with the help of computer simulation, has illustrated this phenomenon.
There could be more discoveries, since Forbes and his team plan to use Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys next year to look at nearby spiral galaxies and globular clusters of old stars.
"Our project is to study the globular clusters around spiral galaxies, but if there are any disrupted dwarfs present, we will see them," Forbes said by e-mail.
In fact, cosmic cannibalism is taking place in Earth's general neighborhood, Forbes said.
The Milky Way, which contains Earth, is currently interacting with both the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, two nearby galaxies that are much larger than the dwarf Forbes and his colleagues studied.
Another galaxy, called the Sagittarius dwarf, was discovered in 1994, but that dwarf is almost totally disrupted, and astronomers only detected it by its remnant trail of stars, Forbes said.
(See below to view horrific picture.)
My stance on human cannibalism is the following:
The meat tastes good when cooked over an open fire-pit and seasoned with garlic, salt & pepper, chopped onions and lots of white wine.
Oh yea. . . I like my meat cooked medium rare. . . .
("Hannible the Cannible" is my mentor. I am proud to say that he will be running with me as Leutenit Governor. And ignore the fact that I probably spelled "leutenit" incorrectly!!!)
Aug 10, '03
[Is there intelligent life on Earth? (Yes, but I'm only visiting!)
Last edit by Brownms46 on Aug 10, '03