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Unraveling Galactic History Begins With A Black Hole's Spin
2013-07-30 14:11:38

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A supermassive black hole is believed to sit at the center of each large galaxy, and a new technique designed to detect the dark abyss' spin could be the key to unraveling a galaxy's history. While black holes cannot be seen directly, their behavior can be determined by looking at how they affect nearby objects. A paper published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society describes a new technique that was developed by...

WIYN Telescope Captures Highly Detailed Whirlpool Galaxy Image
2013-07-26 18:40:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have been observing the Whirlpool Galaxy since the 18th century, but they've never seen it like this. A new One Degree Imager (ODI) camera at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona has captured stunning new images of the distant spiral galaxy in never-before-seen detail. When used with the WIYN 3.5-meter telescope at the observatory, the camera is able to provide images of the Whirlpool Galaxy and its companion...

Mystery Missing Massive Galaxies
2013-07-24 13:28:57

[ Watch the Video: Three-Dimensional View of NGC 253 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New observations have given a group of astronomers the best view yet of how star formation regions can get selfish and gassy. Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) ALMA telescope in Chile say they have discovered how vigorous star formation in a galaxy can blast gas out of it and deprive future generations of stars of the fuel they need to form and grow....

SOFIA AIrborne Telescope Heading South To New Zealand
2013-07-18 18:30:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) telescope has moved south to New Zealand for the next two weeks to take advantage of the Southern Hemisphere's orientation. The space agency said the airborne observatory would be utilizing its southern position to take advantage of studying celestial objects that are difficult or impossible to see in the northern sky. SOFIA is a telescope attached to a modified Boeing...

Milky Way Black Hole Rips Apart Gas Cloud
2013-07-17 10:54:47

[ Watch the Video: Simulation of Gas Cloud Being Ripped Apart By Black Hole ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) has helped astronomers catch a supermassive black hole ripping apart a gas cloud for the first time. Astronomers writing in the Astrophysical Journal say the gas cloud being ripped apart by the Milky Way's supermassive black hole is now so stretched that its front portion has passed the...

Aircraft Telescope Images Ring Of Dust Surrounding Black Hole
2013-07-10 13:34:10

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers using a telescope attached to a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft have captured new images of a ring of gas and dust seven light-years in diameter surrounding the super-massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. The team used NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) to capture images of our galaxy's circumnuclear ring (CNR), as well as a neighboring cluster of extremely luminous young stars known...

Astronomers Catch Distant Galaxy Snacking On Gas
2013-07-04 13:01:16

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers were recently able to catch a distant galaxy in the act of snacking on nearby gas while using the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT). The team wrote in the journal Science about how they were able to make the best direct observational evidence so far supporting the theory that galaxies pull in and devour nearby material to grow and form stars. Scientists have always suspected galaxies grow this...

Spiral Galaxies Larger Than Thought
2013-06-27 13:50:10

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers now say spiral galaxies like the Milky Way galaxy are actually larger than previously thought. Scientists from several universities used the Hubble Space Telescope to determine that normal spiral galaxies are surrounded by halos of gas that can extend to over one million light-years in diameter. With this new estimate, it brings the Milky Way from just 100,000 light-years across to roughly 1,100,000 light-years. The...


Latest Extragalactic astronomy Reference Libraries

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2010-09-16 15:18:29

The Virgo Cluster consists of galaxies at a distance of around 59 Mly away in the constellation Virgo. Containing between 1300 to 2000 galaxies the Virgo Cluster is the heart of the Local Supercluster. Its mass is estimated at 1.2 × 1015 M☉ out to 8 degrees of the cluster's center or a radius of about 2.2 Mpc. Most of the brighter galaxies in the cluster were discovered by Charles Messier in the late 1770's and early 1780's, including the giant elliptical Messier 87. Messier...

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2010-09-16 15:00:46

The NGC 5866, located in the Draco constellation, is named after the galaxy with the highest magnitude however some catalogs list NGC 5907 as the brightest member. The M51 Group and the M101 Group are NGC 5866 closest neighbor. The distances between these groups are similar which suggest the three groups are part of a single large, loose, elongated group. However, most identification methods consider them separate.

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2010-09-13 17:13:25

The M101 Group, one of many in the Virgo Supercluster, is located in Ursa Major and named after the brightest galaxy in the group, the Pinwheel Galaxy (M101). The group is composed mostly of members that are companions of the Pinwheel Galaxy. The M51 Group and the NGC 5866 Group are M101's closest neighbor. The distances between these groups are similar which suggest the three groups are part of a single large, loose, elongated group. However, most identification methods consider them...

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2010-09-13 17:09:55

The M81 Group, containing the well known galaxies Messier 81 and Messier 82, is a group of galaxies within the constellation Ursa Major. Along with Messier 81 and 82 are several other galaxies with apparent brightness. The center, located at an approximate distance of 3.6 Mpc, is one of the nearest groups to the Local Group. The total estimated mass of the group is (1.03 ± 0.17) × 1012M☉. The Virgo Supercluster contains the M81 Group, the Local Group, and some other nearby...

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2010-09-13 17:07:12

The M51 Group, located in Canes Venatici, is named after the brightest galaxy in the group, the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51A). The few other notable members include the companion galaxy to the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51B) and the Sunflower Galaxy (M63).

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