In January I posted about Hubble’s “You Decide” voting opportunity, as part of the International Year of Astronomy. Voting closed last night, and the winner is the above celestial target, Interacting Galaxies: Arp 274:
Arp 274 is a pair of galaxies. Drawn together by their gravity, they are starting to interact. The spiral shapes of these galaxies are mostly intact, but evidence can be seen of the gravitational distortions they are creating within each other. When galaxies interact and merge together, the gas clouds inside them often form tremendous numbers of new stars.
The Hubble image will be released sometime between April 2nd and 5th, 2009, during 100 Hours of Astronomy, “a worldwide event focused on renewing interest in the night sky.”