Sunday, February 12, 2012

Galaxies eat each other

Researchers have pictured with the help of Jay GaBany's 0.5 m telescope at Black Bird Observatory and Saturn Lodge 0.7m telescope on the grounds of the Polaris Observatory Association first image of the two dwarf galaxies in which one dwarf galaxy, NGC 4449, is thought to engulf the other even smaller dwarf galaxy.

The dwarf galaxy NGC 4449 (top left) and the even tinier galaxy it is about to gobble up (bottom right).(Credit: R. Jay GaBany (Blackbird Observatory) in collaboration with David Martínez-Delgado (MPIA))
This research has been published online in the February 9 issue of the journal Nature.

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