Video – Niels Bohr Institute - University of Copenhagen

This zoom sequence starts with a view of the small constellation, The Crow, and the bright star Spica near the top of the image. As we zoom in, a pair of galaxies with long tails appears. This is the so-called Antenna Galaxies (also known as NGC 4038 and 4039), which are a pair of colliding spiral galaxies found approximately 70 million light years away. At the end of the sequence we see a new image from ALMA (shown in red, pink, and yellow), which reveals clouds of dense, cold gas clouds, from which new stars are formed. The image is seen in greater detail than ever before. It is superimposed on a visible light image of the object from the ESO Very Large Telescope.

Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/A. Fujii/Digitized Sky Survey 2/ESO. Music: John Dyson (from the album Moonwind)