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When Galaxies Collide: Massive Clouds and Massive Star Formation in the "Antennae" Galaxies

Christine Wilson (McMaster University)

The pair of colliding galaxies known as the "Antennae" is the closest example of a major merger between two large spiral galaxies. One of the unexpected products of this collision has been the formation of hundreds of young, massive star clusters. In my talk, I will present a multi-wavelength view of the Antennae system which we have used to try to understand the effects of galaxy collisions on the structure and star formation in the original galaxies.