News tagged with spiral galaxy

NGC 4696: A cosmic question mark

This picture, taken by Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys, is not just a beautiful snapshot of NGC 4696, the largest galaxy in the Centaurus Cluster (galaxy cluster Abell 3526). It is also an illustration ...

Aug 12, 2010
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Scientists get a look at the birth of the Milky Way

(PhysOrg.com) -- For the first time, a team of astronomers has succeeded in investigating the earliest phases of the evolutionary history of our home Galaxy, the Milky Way. The scientists, from the Argelander ...

Jun 21, 2010
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VISTA views the Sculptor Galaxy (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- A spectacular new image of the Sculptor Galaxy (NGC 253) has been taken with the ESO VISTA telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile as part of one of its first major observational campaigns. ...

Jun 16, 2010
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The Far Infrared Galaxy

(PhysOrg.com) -- Our Milky Way galaxy, like other spiral galaxies, has copious amounts of dust in its spiral arms. The dust absorbs starlight, thereby blocking our optical views, but at the same time it re-radiates ...

May 24, 2010
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The Supernovae of Triangulum

(PhysOrg.com) -- The Triangulum Galaxy, at a distance of only 2.6 million light-years, is one of the closest spiral galaxies to earth. It is also the third largest member of our galactic neighborhood (after ...

Apr 30, 2010
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Researchers study galaxy mergers

Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have solved a long-standing dilemma about the mass of infrared bright merging galaxies. Because galaxies are the largest directly observable objects in the ...

Apr 19, 2010
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M81's 'Halo' Sheds Light on Galaxy Formation

(PhysOrg.com) -- Observations with Subaru Telescope's Prime Focus Camera (Suprime-Cam) have revealed an extended structure of the spiral galaxy Messier 81 (M81) that may hold a key to understanding the formation ...

Apr 13, 2010
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Hubble snaps heavyweight of the Leo Triplet

Hubble has snapped a spectacular view of the largest "player" in the Leo Triplet, a galaxy with an unusual anatomy: it displays asymmetric spiral arms and an apparently displaced core. The peculiar anatomy ...

Apr 08, 2010
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Forming the present-day spiral galaxies

(PhysOrg.com) -- Using data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have created a demographic census of galaxy types and shapes from a time before the Earth and the sun existed, to the present ...

Feb 04, 2010
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Black Hole Hunters Set New Distance Record

(PhysOrg.com) -- Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have detected, in another galaxy, a stellar-mass black hole much farther away than any other previously known. With a mass above fifteen times ...

Jan 27, 2010
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Watching a Cannibal Galaxy Dine

(PhysOrg.com) -- A new technique using near-infrared images, obtained with ESO’s 3.58-metre New Technology Telescope (NTT), allows astronomers to see through the opaque dust lanes of the giant cannibal galaxy ...

Nov 20, 2009
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NGC 4710 galaxy: Baffling boxy bulge (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- Just as many people are surprised to find themselves packing on unexplained weight around the middle, astronomers find the evolution of bulges in the centres of spiral galaxies puzzling. A ...

Nov 18, 2009
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