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Close encounters of the tidal kind

Between the Magellanic Clouds, in a region swept with tides of gas, stars are forming. The detection of carbon monoxide shows gas is condensing, and further observations may reveal the ultimate fate of the clouds.

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Figure 1: Evidence of a violent past.


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Wiklind, T. Close encounters of the tidal kind. Nature 420, 38–39 (2002).

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