News tagged with spiral galaxy

Heart of a galaxy emits gamma rays

(PhysOrg.com) -- Quite a few distant galaxies turn out to be cosmic delivery rooms. Large numbers of massive stars are born in the hearts of these starburst galaxies, and later explode as supernovae. In the ...

Oct 02, 2009 4.5 / 5 (6) 6

A Galaxy Collision in Action

This beautiful image gives a new look at Stephan's Quintet, a compact group of galaxies discovered about 130 years ago and located about 280 million light years from Earth. The curved, light blue ridge running ...

Jul 09, 2009 4.7 / 5 (10) 2

Herschel Opens Its Infrared Eyes

(PhysOrg.com) -- The Herschel Space Observatory has snapped its first picture since blasting into space on May 14, 2009. The mission, led by the European Space Agency with important participation from NASA, ...

Jun 29, 2009 4.8 / 5 (9) 3

Why Are Galaxies So Smooth?

(PhysOrg.com) -- Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers has discovered streams of young stars flowing from their natal cocoons in distant galaxies. These distant rivers ...

May 01, 2009 4.4 / 5 (18) 1

A 3-D view of remote galaxies

For decades, distant galaxies that emitted their light six billion years ago were no more than small specks of light on the sky. With the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope in the early 1990s, astronomers ...

Mar 10, 2009 4.7 / 5 (18) 4