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2008-08-13 18:00:09

By Luntz, Stephen The Milky Way has been dubbed a galactic cannibal before (AS, September 1998, p.5), but new evidence is making it look like a stellar Hannibal Lecter. The latest reports of the Milky Way's consumption of the Sagittarius Elliptical Dwarf Galaxy, observed by astronomers from the Australian National University, follow observations of the effects of our galaxy's gravity on the Magellenic clouds (AS, April 2008, p.43). "The Sagittarius dwarf is a cosmic lightweight weighing...

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2008-01-10 08:15:00

AUSTIN, Texas -- We all start to party less around middle age, and new studies by a team led by University of Texas at Austin astronomer Shardha Jogee now finds that the universe, as a whole, is no exception. Jogee discussed her results today at a news conference at the 211th meeting of the American Astronomical Society. According to the current models of galaxy formation, dubbed "hierarchical lambda cold dark matter" models, galaxies built up to their current masses, shapes, and sizes...

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2007-06-08 00:00:00

Picture the Milky Way galaxy -- a disk of stars and gas, a stellar spheroid and an enormous halo of dark matter. It spirals around a black hole that is supermassive-about three million solar masses. The Milky Way's total mass is about 100 billion solar masses-enormous to us but average among galaxies. Then imagine that galaxy encountering its identical twin. The first galaxy merges with the second to produce a galaxy that's even grander and greater. Cosmologists think that's how galaxies...

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2006-10-17 14:30:00

A new Hubble image of the Antennae galaxies is the sharpest yet of this merging pair of galaxies. As the two galaxies smash together, thousand of millions of stars are born, mostly in groups and clusters of stars. The Universe is an all-action arena for some of the largest, most slowly evolving and surprising processes known to mankind. A new picture taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), onboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the best ever view of the Antennae...

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2005-12-06 18:01:17

More than half of the largest galaxies in the nearby universe have collided and merged with another galaxy in the past two billion years, according to a Yale astronomer in a study using hundreds of images from two of the deepest sky surveys ever conducted. The idea of large galaxies being assembled primarily by mergers rather than evolving by themselves in isolation has grown to dominate cosmological thinking. However, a troubling inconsistency within this general theory has been that the...

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2005-03-29 07:26:17

ESA -- Data from ISO, the infrared observatory of the European Space Agency (ESA), have provided the first direct evidence that shock waves generated by galaxy collisions excite the gas from which new stars will form. The result also provides important clues on how the birth of the first stars was triggered and speeded up in the early Universe. By observing our galaxy and others, scientists have long concluded that the explosion of massive stars like supernovae generates shock waves and...


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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Seyfert's Sextet -- Seyfert's Sextet is a group of galaxies in which gravitational forces are exerted between its members. The galaxies are so tightly packed together that gravitational forces are beginning to rip stars from them and distort their shapes. Those same gravitational forces eventually could bring the galaxies together to form one large galaxy. The name of this grouping, Seyfert's Sextet, implies that six galaxies are participating in the action. But only four galaxies are...

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