“…and other lesson’s I learned when I was a spiral galaxy” — Our ideas of what happens to galaxies when they crash into each other comes mostly from simulations. But what if those results aren’t as trustworthy as we think? By watching a galaxy merger in the highest detail we can, we see that collisions may not be as destructive as we thought, and you just might survive a head-long crash into another galaxy.
Every massive galaxy hosts a supermassive black hole – but how do these cosmic monsters affect the stars they share their galaxy with?
Giant galaxies are built out of a patchwork of many smaller galaxies, drawn together by gravity. But the stars in these precursor galaxies are disimilar. How does this process of galactic assembly affect what we can infer about star formation?
Magnificent though they are, galaxies are in constant risk of death from their own members and the environment. Today, we look at a murder act staged by black holes and mergers.
How do galaxies grow? Today’s featured paper investigates the role of mergers between galaxies in assembling the most massive nearby galaxies.
Galaxy Zoo is a citizen science project that uses volunteers to classify galaxies from the Sloan Digitial Sky Survey as spiral or elliptical. Now the Galaxy Zoo 2 catalogue has gone public, with even more detailed classifications of galaxies, including bars, bulges, spiral arms, and round and squashed ellipticals.