News tagged with spiral galaxy

Spiral galaxies may be dying because of bars

With the help of the army of volunteers working on the Galaxy Zoo 2 'citizen science' project an international team of scientists led by a Portsmouth astrophysicist may have discovered what is killing spiral ...

dateNov 10, 2010 in Astronomy
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Missing Milky Way dark matter

Although dark matter is inherently difficult to observe, an understanding of its properties (even if not its nature) allows astronomers to predict where its effects should be felt. The current understanding ...

dateNov 09, 2010 in Astronomy
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Spiral galaxies stripped bare

Six spectacular spiral galaxies are seen in a clear new light in images from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. The pictures were taken in infrared light, using the ...

dateOct 27, 2010 in Astronomy
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Image: Pinwheel of star birth

Though the universe is chock full of spiral-shaped galaxies, no two look exactly the same. This face-on spiral galaxy, called NGC 3982, is striking for its rich tapestry of star birth, along with its winding ...

dateOct 19, 2010 in Astronomy
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An elegant galaxy in an unusual light (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- A new image taken with the powerful HAWK-I camera on ESO's Very Large Telescope at Paranal Observatory in Chile shows the beautiful barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365 in infrared light. NGC 1365 ...

dateSep 22, 2010 in Astronomy
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A nearby galactic exemplar

ESO has released a spectacular new image of NGC 300, a spiral galaxy similar to the Milky Way, and located in the nearby Sculptor Group of galaxies. Taken with the Wide Field Imager (WFI) at ESO’s La Silla ...

dateSep 08, 2010 in Astronomy
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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 ...

dateAug 12, 2010 in Astronomy
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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. ...

dateJun 16, 2010 in Astronomy
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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 ...

dateMay 24, 2010 in Astronomy
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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 ...

dateApr 30, 2010 in Astronomy
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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 ...

dateApr 19, 2010 in Astronomy
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