Massive systems held together by gravitational attraction, consisting of stellar associations, star systems, star clusters and types of interstellar clouds, stellar remnants, gasses, cosmic dust and an important but not yet completely understood component called dark matter.

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Maximum “size” of a galaxy

I am aware of upper limits to the mass of burning stars and neutron stars, beyond which they degenerate into neutron stars and black holes respectively. And also, if I understand it right, there is a ...
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Frame dragging resulting in an orbital plane?

In astrophysics today we talked about spinning black holes, ring singularities, and frame dragging. Is this also (to some degree) the cause of the milky way being as flat as it is? Does the spin of ...
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Questions about shape of dark matter orbits in spiral galaxies

Could someone please describe how are the proposed (calculated) orbits of dark matter? Are they exactly as those of baryonic matter (i.e. spiral), or they are different from those of baryonic matter? ...
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Surface brightness

I have to compute the surface brightness as a function of the radius from the following set of data: {right ascension ($\alpha$), declination ($\delta$), magnitude (m)}. I also know the center of the ...
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Has galaxy merger and universe expansion been proven?

I understand the basic argument for hierarchical merging of galaxies during expansion of the universe. I also understand peculiar motion and the Hubble flow. So I understand what's going on with ...
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Synthesising types of galaxies using various stellar spectra

I have been given the task of synthesising an elliptical galaxy, a starburst galaxy and a spiral galaxy (considering the arms and the bulge separately and adding them) using stellar spectra which I ...
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Rotational axes of galaxies

The spiral shape is a preferred form for galaxies due to angular momentum, and the axis of rotation indicates a locally preferable orientation for the angular momentum. Why do galaxies in Hubble ...
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Binding energy of a galaxy?

I'm a novice in physics and new to the forms, so please forgive me if this is a dumb question or if this is in the wrong section to be posted, but how would one find the gravitational binding energy ...
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Dimension of galaxy filaments

Galaxy filaments are amongst the largest known cosmic structures in the universe. They [...] form the boundaries between large voids in the universe. As their name suggests filaments are ...
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What sets the lower mass limit for dark matter dominated structures?

Large galaxies appear to be dominated by dark matter, as do dwarf spheroidal galaxies with masses of perhaps $10^6 M_{\odot}$. But (as far as I'm aware) there is no evidence for dark matter in ...
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Bulge-Disk decomposition in galaxies

I'm starting a new project on dark matter astrophysics in which I have to extract from some data (I will write some below) the surface brightness, to later construct the mass density profiles of de ...
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Why do galaxies collide? Reconciling dark energy and an expanding universe with the fact that some galaxies are on a collision course

My layman understanding of cosmology is: galaxies are uniformly (more or less) spread throughout the universe, per the Big Bang and the fact that in a central explosion, all dispersed points are ...
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Number of stars with apparent flux

The stars in our Galaxy have luminosities ranging from $L_{\text{min}}$ to $L_{\text{max}}$. Suppose that the number of stars per unit volume with luminosities in the range of $L$, $L+dL$ is $n(L)dL$. ...
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Calculating photon number density inside a volume on whose surface the energy flux is known

I have the power spectrum for a galaxy of radius $R$, which we can approximate as a sphere at some distance $D$. Now, on earth we can measure the power spectrum which is given as a list of tuples, ( $...
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The reason for the fading of galaxies?

Galaxies that are greater than a distance of c/H metres from Earth have recessional velocities exceeding the speed of light and begin to fade. Thus, theoretical astronomers 3 trillion years the future ...
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Where can I find data for the masses/component velocities of galaxies in the Local Group?

I am trying to run an N body simulation to see how galaxies in the Local Group gravitationally interact for my thesis, but I can't find any data for the masses of the galaxies in the Local Group, or ...
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How to determine the size of other galaxy's/The dark matter problem

From what i understand there are two methods (well as far as i know) to determine how much mass there is in a distant galaxy. First, Luminosity. By measuring the amount of light produced from a ...
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Cumulative mass & mass distribution of a disc galaxy

Hernquist has a great formula to represent the cumulative mass of a spherical galaxy (8): http://star-www.st-and.ac.uk/~hz4/contempastro/hqm.pdf 1) Is there any simple formula for disc shaped galaxy ...
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Velocity dispersion of galaxies

I couldn't find on web how can I get the velocity dispersion and velocity maps of galaxies from the 3D data cube I get from integral field spectrograph.
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Galaxies and projected radius vs arcmins

I have two sets of data (globular clusters), one for the Andromeda Galaxy and one for the Milky Way. I want to compare the distribution of globular clusters between the two galaxies according to ...
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Gravity's effects on time

So, in the movie Interstellar they say that one year by the black hole is about 35 years back on Earth (excuse any lack of accuracy in the numbers, I haven't seen the movie in over a year). Now, the ...
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How are planets distributed in elliptical galaxies?

I'm trying to figure out if planets are equally distributed in galaxies (I'm assuming they aren't) or if there is some logic behind their distribution.
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Do the arms of spiral galaxies differ based on the speed of which the galaxy is rotating?

If I were to take a circle with strings attached to it and spin it, the strings would behave differently based on how fast the circle is rotating. Do galaxies behave the same way?
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Baryonic Mass Distribution within a Galaxy

My question is related to world-famous galaxy rotation problem and famous diagrams of speed of stars against the distance from the center of the galaxy where "expected" speeds are decreasing with the ...
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How does mirror matter account for the faster than expected spin of gallaxies?

To explain dark matter, some physicists have postulated the existence of mirror matter as an alternative to WIMPs, where mirror matter particles could interact with one another in the same way as ...
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What is the equation for Lin-Shu density wave theory?

Lin-Shu density wave theory is a (very good) theory to explain the spiral arm structure of spiral galaxies. Where can I find the equations that underlie this theory? I've seen its computer ...