August 31, 2018

An ancient galaxy with a frantic star formation

An article published in the journal “Nature” describes the mapping of a galaxy known as COSMOS-AzTEC-1 that showed peculiar characteristics. A team of astronomers used the ALMA radio telescope to study this starburst galaxy, a class in which there’s considerable star formation. COSMOS-AzTEC-1 is very far away so we see it as it was 12.4 million years ago and very massive and could be the progenitor of today’s large elliptical galaxies so this type of research could provide new information on their evolution.