Ok, this image is astounding:

It’s a snapshot in time that initially just looks pretty. But when it’s explained it’s awe inspiring. Two galaxies passed through each other, and while the individual stars that make up each galaxy didn’t collide directly, clouds of interstellar gas and dust became condensed, causing waves of star formation to move out from the ‘impact’ point like ripples across the surface of a pond in both galaxies.

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I see fractal forms in nature all the time, but I don’t think I’ve ever been as astounded by a creature as I have by this one:

Credit: Steve Jurvetson

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