by Michael C. Turner
©1987/ 2011 ~ Galactic Visions Space Art
Acrylic on canvas using traditional bristle brush techniques
*One of my "vintage" space paintings from 1987*
A barred spiral galaxy in a galactic cluster is viewed from the icy surface of a terrestrial class planet located in an opposing (colliding) satellite galaxy. The depicted barred spiral's extremely elongated spiral arms reveal the gravitational distortion effects enacted by its nearby galactic companion. The two galaxies' gravitational fields interact thereby transforming the overall shapes of the two galactic companions. Myriad stellar systems will experience dramatic effects over the millions of years the two colliding galaxies perform their "cosmic waltz." Some stellar systems will be destroyed while others will experience little or no significant effects. New stars will be formed from the remains of other stellar systems and the galactic siblings will be transformed in shape and type. In fact, the two may merge to become one super galaxy with trillions of stars.