Bad Astronomy

Spirals out of control

Who doesn’t love a spiral galaxy? Majestic, sparkling, lovely to behold… I could go on and on about the marvelous and wondrous science behind them; how spiral arms form, why stars are born there, and how the passage of a nearby galaxy can disturb their graceful symmetry.

But instead, I’ll just point you to the European Southern Observatory collection of disturbed spiral galaxies and simply let you absorb their beauty.