Latest Galaxy formation and evolution Stories

Stellar Motions In Outer Halo Reveal Evidence Of Milky Way Evolution
2013-02-22 11:40:05

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to peer deep into the vast stellar halo that envelopes our galaxy have uncovered tantalizing evidence for the possible existence of a shell of stars that are a relic of cannibalism by our Milky Way. For the first time ever, Hubble was used to gain precise measurements of the sideways motion of a small sample of stars located far from the galaxy's center. The unusual lateral motion of...

Using Black Hole Disks And Jets To Explore The Limits Of Spacetime
2013-02-22 10:37:51

Watch the video "Magneto-Spin Alignment Effect Movie (Black Hole Jet)" April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Black holes are voracious monsters at the center of galaxies that shape the growth and death of the stars around them with their tremendous gravitational pull and explosive ejections of energy.  "Over its lifetime, a black hole can release more energy than all the stars in a galaxy combined," explains“¯Roger Blandford, Stanford professor,...

Galaxy Formation And Evolution Models Garner Award For Rutgers Astronomer
2013-01-25 07:55:22

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A Rutgers University astronomer has created computer models and simulations that help to explain how galaxies formed and evolved. Astronomer Rachel Somerville, who works as a professor of astrophysics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, created these models to show how gases like hydrogen and helium coalesce into stars and galaxies and how exploding stars and black holes impact their galactic...

First “Bone” In The Milky Way Discovered At CfA
2013-01-09 11:26:21

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Astronomers affiliated with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have discovered a new structure in the Milky Way — a lengthy tendril comprised of dust and gas. The tendril — or “bone” as they refer to it — is long and slender, drawing comparisons to the fibula, or calf bone. In a statement, lead author Alyssa Goodman stated that this marks the first time that scientists have been...

Andromeda Surrounded By Dwarf Galaxies
2013-01-04 04:57:16

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have discovered a group of dwarf galaxies moving in unison near the Andromeda Galaxy around the host known as Messier 31 using the MegaCam on the Canada-France-Hawaii and W. M. Keck Observatory telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Analogous to the planets of our own Solar System, the structure of these small galaxies — nearly half that orbit Andromeda - lies in a plane. What is truly surprising to the...

Green Bean Galaxy, A New Class Of Galaxy
2012-12-05 06:03:50

[ Watch the Video: The Green Bean Galaxy J2240 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers using the European Space Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have identified a new galaxy class. The "green bean galaxies" have an unusual appearance, glowing in intense light emitted from the surroundings of monster black holes. The galaxies are amongst the rarest objects in the universe, and in the case of green bean galaxies, the entire galaxy glows, not just...

Massive Black Hole Is A Real Heavyweight
2012-11-29 06:42:37

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have measured the mass of what may be the most massive black hole observed so far by using the Hobby-Eberly Telescope at The University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory. The black hole makes up 14 percent of its galaxy's mass, rather than the usual 0.1 percent, according to the study published in the journal Nature. NGC 1277 is about 220 million light-years away from Earth, and is just ten percent the size and...

New Australian Telescope Could Find 700,000 Galaxies
2012-11-09 19:34:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Australian researchers wrote in a paper published Sunday in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society that there could be another 700,000 galaxies out there ready to be found by a new telescope. The researchers have combined computer simulations with CSIRO´s next-generation Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) specifications to predict the new telescope's extraordinary capabilities....

Star Production In The Universe Is Slowing Down
2012-11-06 13:15:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers, writing in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, have revealed that the rate of new stars in the Universe is dropping, which is a trend that could continue. The team of astronomers from five different countries said the rate of formation of new stars is now only 1/30th of its peak. The accepted model for evolution of the Universe suggests that stars began to form about 13.4 billion years ago....

The Local Universe Offered Up In Unprecedented Detail
2012-10-31 13:21:28

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The intimate details of 100 galaxies in the local universe have been published by the Calar Alto Legacy Integral Field Area survey (CALIFA). The survey offers up new data, representing the first large-scale effort at "two plus one" mapping of galaxies. For every pixel within each two-dimensional image, scientists could perform a detailed analysis and provide information about dynamics and chemical composition. This information could...

Latest Galaxy formation and evolution Reference Libraries

2010-09-13 16:56:08

The Coma Cluster (Abell 1656), along with the Leo Cluster, is one of two major clusters compromising the Coma Supercluster. It contains over 1000 identified galaxies. Most of the galaxies in the center of the Coma Cluster are elliptical galaxies including both dwarf and giant. However the center is dominated by NGC 4874 and NGC 4889, two giant elliptical galaxies. The brightest galaxies are visible, a few degrees north of the galactic pole, with an amateur telescope larger than 20 cm. The...

2010-09-07 17:03:18

The Abell 520 galaxy cluster is an strange structure formed by a major merger. Due to its odd and chaotic nature it has been given the nick-name the Train Wreck Cluster. The Dark Matter within the cluster does not act as expected like it does in other clusters, therefore, Abell 520 creates problems for many of the prevailing theories about Dark Matter. It also disrupts many alternative theories of modified gravity. Similar to the Bullet Cluster the gas contents and galaxies within the...

2004-10-19 04:45:42

Ring Galaxy -- A subclass of interacting galaxies, ring galaxies, provides a unique laboratory for studying unusually large bursts of non-nuclear star formation. The rings in these systems are often large (10s of kiloparsecs) and contain what appear to be associations of giant H{\small II} regions. As a basis for future modeling of star forming regions in observed ring galaxies we present a series of combined n-body/gas numerical experiments on ring formation and evolution. Three...

2004-10-19 04:45:41

Molecular Cloud -- Molecular clouds are interstellar nebulae that have a density and size sufficient to permit the formation of H2, molecular hydrogen. However, this molecule is difficult to detect, and the molecule most used to trace the H2 is CO (carbon monoxide). The ratio between CO luminosity and H2 mass is roughly constant, although there are reasons to doubt this assumption in observations of some other galaxies. In the Milky Way, molecular clouds account for roughly one-half...

2004-10-19 04:45:41

Globular Cluster -- A globular cluster is a cluster of stars that is spherical in shape and extremely dense towards its core. Globular clusters are usually composed of hundreds of thousands of old stars, similar to the bulge of a spiral galaxy but confined to a volume of only a few cubic parsecs. Some globular clusters (like Omega Centauri in our Milky Way, and G1 in M31) are truly massive clusters, with several million times the mass of our Sun. Such globular clusters may be the...

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