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New Image Shows Galactic Serial Killer
2014-04-02 13:48:59

[ Watch The Video: Panning Across The Galaxies NGC 1316 And 1317 ] ESO This new image from the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows two contrasting galaxies: NGC 1316, and its smaller neighbor NGC 1317. These two are quite close to each other in space, but they have very different histories. The small spiral NGC 1317 has led an uneventful life, but NGC 1316 has engulfed several other galaxies in its violent history and shows the battle scars....

Early Star Forming Galaxies
2013-04-17 05:09:48

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers report in The Astrophysical Journal that they have determined the positions of over 100 of the most fertile star-forming galaxies in the early Universe. The group used the new Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope during their observations. This telescope can capture just as many observations of this group of galaxies in just a few hours as similar telescopes can in more than a decade. [ Video:...

Hubble Reveals Deepest View  Ever Of The Universe
2012-09-26 05:09:28

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers using the Hubble Telescope have assembled a new and improved portrait of our deepest-ever view of the Universe. The eXtreme Deep Field (XDF) photo was compiled by combining ten years worth of NASA and ESA Hubble Space Telescope observations taken of a patch of sky within the original Hubble Ultra Deep Field. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field is a small area of space in the Fornax (The Furnace) constellation created using Hubble...

Image 1 - Astronomers Find Link To Early Universe And Today's Massive Galaxies
2012-01-25 14:35:15

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] Astronomers have found the strongest link ever between the most powerful bursts of star formation in the Universe, and the most massive galaxies found today. The galaxies saw the birth of new stars cut short, leaving them as massive galaxies of aging stars today, according to the new research. The astronomers also found that the emergence of supermassive black holes played a role in causing the sudden end to the starburst. Astronomers used the LABOCA...

Ultra-compact Dwarf Galaxies Are Similar To Bright Star Clusters
2011-12-19 12:04:58

Astronomy & Astrophysics is publishing a new statistical study of the so-called 'ultra-compact dwarf galaxies' (UCDs), which are still mysterious objects. A team of astronomers has investigated how many of these UCDs exist in nearby galaxy clusters and groups. They show that the properties of UCDs match those of bright star clusters. Astronomy & Astrophysics is publishing the results of a detailed investigation of how many 'ultra-compact dwarf galaxies' (UCDs) can be found in...

2006-11-08 10:27:55

VLT shows that our Milky Way galaxy is cut from a different cloth A large survey, made with ESO's VLT, has shed light on our Galaxy's ancestry. After determining the chemical composition of over 2000 stars in four of the nearest dwarf galaxies to our own, astronomers have demonstrated fundamental differences in their make-up, casting doubt on the theory that these diminutive galaxies could ever have formed the building blocks of our Milky Way Galaxy. "The chemistry we see in the stars in...

2005-09-29 06:55:18

ESO's VLT Captures Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 1350 Eighty-five million years ago on small planet Earth, dinosaurs ruled, ignorant of their soon-to-come demise in the great Jurassic extinction, while mammals were still small and shy creatures. The southern Andes of Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina were not yet formed and South America was still an island continent. Eighty-five million years ago, our Sun and its solar system was 60,000 light years away from where it now stands [1]. Eighty-five...

Latest Fornax Reference Libraries

2010-09-07 17:51:40

Although smaller than the Virgo Cluster, the Fornax Cluster, located in the Fornax constellation is the richest cluster of galaxies within 100 million light years. Its distance from us is approximately 62.0+5.9−5.5 Mly (19.0+1.8−1.7 Mpc). It is small as far as galaxy clusters go yet is a valuable source on the evolution of clusters. It shows the effects of a merger of a subgroup with a main group which can lead to clues about the associated galactic superstructure. Some member...

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