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1. Animation of Galaxy C153 Stripped of Hydrogen
QuicktimeMPEG This animated artist's concept shows how the "distressed" galaxy C153 is being stripped of hydrogen from its spiral arms.
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(NASA/STScI/G.Bacon)

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2. Element Map of The Antennae
QuicktimeMPEG This sequence zooms in on an optical image of the central region of The Antennae, then dissolves to a Chandra X-ray image of the multimillion-degree-gas clouds in this system. The image next dissolves to a sequence of images that shows hot gas clouds where the abundances of iron (red), magnesium (green), and silicon (blue) atoms are greatest. The final image is a composite of the three abundance maps.
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(Optical: Digital Sky Survey; X-ray and Element Maps: NASA/CXC/SAO/G.Fabbiano et al.)

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3. Optical and X-Ray Images of The Antennae
QuicktimeMPEG The movie zooms in from a wide-field optical image of the colliding galaxy system known as The Antennae. The optical image dissolves to a Chandra X-ray image colored to show the intensity of the low (red), medium (green) and high (blue) energy X-rays from huge diffuse clouds of multimillion degree Celsius gas, and bright point-like sources from neutron stars and black holes.
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(Optical: Digital Sky Survey; X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/G.Fabbiano et al.)

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4. Animation of Colliding Galaxies
QuicktimeMPEG The sequence begins by depicting the collision of two large galaxies which now form The Antennae. Gas and stars from the galaxies are ejected into long arcs. The animation then shows how collisions between huge gas clouds in the central region of the merging system trigger a stellar baby boom. Next, as seen in a closer view, the most massive of these stars race through their evolution in a few million years. These stars end their lives as they explode as supernovas that further heat the clouds and enrich them with heavy elements. In conclusion, the animation dissolves into Chandra's X-ray image of The Antennae galaxies.
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(Simulation: NASA/STScI/G.Bacon; Animation: NASA/CXC/A.Hobart; X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/G.Fabbiano et al.)

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5. NGC 4649 Animation
QuicktimeMPEG The optical image of NGC 4649 dissolves into the corresponding Chandra X-ray image. NGC is about 60 million light years away in the constellation of Virgo.
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(Animation: NASA/CXC/A.Hobart; X-ray: NASA/CXC/UVa/S.Randall et al.; Optical: Digital Sky Survey)

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6. NGC 1553 Animation
QuicktimeMPEG The optical image of NGC 1553 fades into the corresponding Chandra X-ray image. NGC is about 70 million light years away in the constellation of Dorado.
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(Animation: NASA/CXC/A.Hobart; X-ray: NASA/CXC/UVa/E.Blanton et al.; Optical: Digital Sky Survey)

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7. NGC 4697 Animation
QuicktimeMPEG The optical image of NGC 4697 dissolves into the corresponding Chandra X-ray image. NGC 4697 is about 40 million light years away in the constellation of Virgo.
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(NASA/CXC/A.Hobart; X-ray: NASA/CXC/UVa/C.Sarazin et al.; Optical: Digital Sky Survey)

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8. M51 Animation
QuicktimeMPEG This animation zooms into the NOAO optical image followed by the HST optical image of M51. Next, it fades into Chandra's expanded central view of the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and finally fades into Chanda's wide field view of M51.
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(NASA/CXC/A.Hobart)

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9. Animation of Spiral Galaxy
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This animation depicts a spiral galaxy like the Milky Way where hot X-ray-emitting gas emanates from regions of recent star formation in the galaxy's disk.
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(NASA/SAO/CXC/D.Berry)

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10. Animation of Spiral Galaxy with Dissolve into Chandra/Hubble Image
QuicktimeMPEG This animation depicts a spiral galaxy like the Milky Way where hot X-ray-emitting gas emanates from regions of recent star formation in the galaxy's disk. The animation then dissolves into the X-ray/Ultraviolet composite image of NGC 4631 before finally zooming into the central region of the galaxy as seen by Chandra and Hubble.
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(NASA/SAO/CXC/D.Berry; Images: X-ray: NASA/UMass/D.Wang et al., UV; NASA/GSFC/UIT, Optical: NASA/HST/D.Wang et al.)

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