Questions tagged [galaxies]

Galaxies are gravitationally bound systems of stars, interstellar gas and dark matter, often hosting a central supermassive black hole. For questions about the structure, composition, dynamics, classification, etc. of galaxies. This includes small systems of interacting galaxies (i.e. merger, or galaxy + satellite system), but for galaxy groups and clusters use [galaxy-clusters], and for questions specific to our own Milky Way galaxy use [milky-way].

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Why do distant galaxies (quasars) look white in photos?

My question is inspired by this question about red shift. When viewing photos of distant galaxies, especially quasars, they are often shown as white. However, the light would have been red-shifted. ...
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Coupling between galaxy spin and central black hole spin

What is the relationship between the spin of a galaxy and the spin of its corresponding black hole? Associated questions: Do they always have the same axis of rotation? Do they always spin in the ...
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Eccentric binary black holes

Comparable-mass binary black hole inspirals and mergers are expected to be an important source of gravitational wave signals for current and future ground-based detectors. It is generally expected ...
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The final parsec “problem”

Many and perhaps all galaxies seem to contain supermassive black holes of about $10^7 M_\odot$ at their centres. Determining their origins is of great astrophysical interest. In what I understand to ...
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Why is the galaxy's dark matter halo a sphere instead of a disk? [duplicate]

I understand that the galaxy is disk shaped because it has a substantial total angular momentum (if that's the right term). If the dark matter halo is a sphere, does that mean that its total angular ...
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Does Newtonian physics work on a galactic scale?

I'm currently working on a simulation that aims to use Newton's Law of Gravitation to simulate how a galaxy behaves gravitationally. While I haven't gotten the simulation finished yet, I have had a ...
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Why don't galaxies orbit each other?

Planets orbit around stars, satellites orbit around planets, even stars orbit each other. So the question is: Why don't galaxies orbit each other in general, as it's rarely observed? Is it considered ...
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What part of the Milky Way do we see?

I have seen several pictures depicting our galaxy, but I would like to clarify the following: Picture 1: Picture 2: What part of the galaxy is depicted in the first picture, which is taken from ...
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How Does Rotational and Turbulent Motion Contribute to the Pressures of Dynamical Systems?

Rotational and turbulent motion can deepen a gravity well in a galaxy or galaxy cluster. In an analysis of the mass components of a large body, this would appear to be one of the components. Does it ...
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If the Universe is expanding, how is that galaxies run into each other?

As the title says. If everything is moving outward, thrown by the Big Bang, how could two Galaxies end up with velocity vectors that run them into each other?
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How is the total mass of Andromeda determined?

I am currently attempting to use Doppler shifts on both the advancing and receding sides of the galaxy to determine the mass. I am not sure exactly how I would convert the advancement and recession ...
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Why is “gravitational” red-shift neglected in galaxy and galaxy cluster scales?

The red-shift of the light of a star in a galaxy or that of a galaxy in a cluster of galaxies is generally interpreted as how fast the star or the galaxy is moving, i.e. it is interpreted in a purely ...
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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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Do clocks near the centre of the galaxy run slower than clocks at the edge? [duplicate]

Does an astronaut floating in space near the center of the galaxy, where the mass density is higher (let's ignore the dark matter halo for this example) have a clock that runs slower than an astronaut ...
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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 are galaxies flat since it's an unstable configuration in 3d? [duplicate]

I'll probably have to delete this question because someone's already asked it, but what accounts for the stable 2-d structure of spiral galaxies in three dimensional space (assuming random starting ...
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Convert from Relative Magnitude to Mass

I have data which gives me the magnitude density (${\rm mag}\,{\rm arcsec}^{-2}$) of M31 as a function of radius. How can I convert these data to the (enclosed) mass at a given radius (for velocity ...
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NED vs. SIMBAD: Which is more accurate?

I'm doing some research on M33. NED lists the luminosity as 6.27. SIMBAD gives it as 5.27. First, it looks odd to me that the difference is exactly 1. Second, I've seen other differences comparing ...
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Do solar systems typically spin in the same direction as their galaxy?

Is the net angular momentum vector of our solar system pointing in roughly the same direction as the Milky Way galaxy's net angular momentum vector? If yes or no, is that common for most stars in the ...
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Relation between dark matter and supermassive black holes located in the center of galaxies

This research (see press article and technical paper), conducted on 3000 elliptical galaxies (which are typically galaxy merger results), reports finding "distinct relationship between the mass of the ...
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Galaxy Cluster Data

I have a modification to ${\rm MOND}$ that appears to work much better than 'Standard' ${\rm MOND}$ at the galactic scale. I want to test this model now on larger structures. Does anyone know where ...
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Green function for Fourier transform [closed]

In the context of a project, I had to solve numerically Poisson equation with cylindrical coordinates. I put here results for z = 0 on a 3D mesh 256x256x256. When I define Green function, have I to ...
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Before we realized that supermassive black holes were at the center of large galaxies, how did the models explain galaxies?

So, I was watching this show on Netflix about supermassive black holes. I didn't realize that astronomers were surprised to find these black holes at the center of galaxies, because I cannot imagine ...
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When will galaxies become unstable due to dark energy?

When will galaxies become unstable due to dark energy? What will it be like for a civilization to observe their own galaxy going through this period of instability?
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Definition of a Supercluster

A group of astronomers in September 2014 redefined what classifies a supercluster. Before this, the supercluster where the Milky Way resides was the Virgo Supercluster. Now, the Virgo Supercluster &...
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Is most of the matter in the observable universe within galaxies?

Do we know, either through observations or through theory driven computer simulations, the location of the majority of the visible matter in the observable universe? That is, is it located within ...
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How will the Milky Way / Andromeda combined galaxy appear in 4 billion years?

In 4 billion years, do we we have an idea of what the combined Milky Way and Andromeda galaxy pairing will look like? In particular, will the presumed black hole at the centre of our galaxy, (and I ...
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Is there a possibility of anti-dark matter?

Based on Galactic Gamma Ray Emission My question is simply put. Although dark matter itself is almost a complete mystery, has anything been published which postulates the existence of anti-dark ...
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Dark age of the universe

during the early universe and just after the habitable epoch,when the universe was finally cooled down allowing the ions to recombine into atoms, comes the Dark Ages who are currently thought to have ...
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Do gamma ray bursts play a role in cosmic evolution?

If gamma ray bursts were to interact with gas clouds in the early universe, might it be a relevant factor in star production?
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Do quasars exist today?

Are there likely to be any quasars right now, or are all the ones we're seeing old galaxies today, like the Milky Way?
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Galaxy bias and baryon acoustic oscillations (BAO)

I have a doubt with the concept of galaxy bias and how it affects baryon acoustic oscillations, it is supposed to mean that by measuring the distribution of galaxies we are not measuring the actual ...
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Shape of galaxies [duplicate]

i want to know why galaxies are spiral in nature.. let us say there is some sort of intense mass (black hole?) at the centre of our milky way galaxy. the intense gravitaional pull is keeping evey ...
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numerical galaxy morphology classification scheme

For an assignment, I've been told to divide up the galaxies with a Virgo Cluster Catalog number into early and late-type galaxies using the GOLDMine database, http://goldmine.mib.infn.it:8080/ ...
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Olbers Paradox Solution

Olbers’ Paradox says that in an infinite universe every line of sight will end on a star. Surface brightness is independent of distance (moving a star further away makes it smaller and reduces its ...
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What will happen to the Earth when Milky Way and Andromeda merge?

Hypothetically, if our solar system survived into the far future and human was still around, is the merge between 2 galaxies were a disaster for lives on Earth? Were the Sun get thrown away from the ...
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What is the maximum of information in a beam of light?

If I look at the space I can see the Andromeda Galaxy as a small dot in the sky. If I look through a telescope, I can see the spiral shape. If the saw right through a huge telescope, I could see a ...
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Primordial galaxies and associated mass of blackholes [duplicate]

How could primordial galaxies or quasars at great redshifts like quasar ULAS J1120+0641 (detected as per when the universe was 700 mill years old) have blackholes at their centers with the mass of 2 ...
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Do the arms of a spiral galaxy spin around like a candy bar in long spirals?

Because the arms of a spiral galaxy have a cylindrical-linear center, perhaps they have a cyilindrical rotation around their center same as a vortex of smoke? Have similar movements within galaxies ...
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Why is the lyman alpha line asymmetric at high redshift?

If someone could explain this to me I'd be very grateful, thanks.
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What is the limit for the size of a galaxy?

The largest known galaxy is just 100x more massive than Milky Way. I wonder if there is some physical mechanism (some equilibrium) which limits the size of galaxies or if it is just because of limited ...
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Tidal tails of galaxies after collision

When there is a collision of 2 disc shaped galaxies, there is a tail formation created from both the galaxies. I read here that this was due to tidal forces, but I couldn't figure out how this happens....
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Mass-to-light ratio and rotation curve from brightness profile

This should probably be basic but I've been looking for days and I can't find how to (I'm probably over complicating, but still). I want to calculate a rotation curve for some spiral galaxies. From ...
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How to tell if a star is in a galaxy?

An astronomer is studying a star that appears to be in a galaxy. How does the astronomer know the star is actually in the galaxy and not just on the same line of sight as the galaxy? I'm guessing ...
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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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Are all galaxies we see really our Milky Way? Any possibility?

There is a possibility for our universe to be the surface volume of a (higher-dimensional) hyperspace. So if this possibility is true,then is there also a possibility that the other galaxies we see ...
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Distribution of dark matter in galactic halos

Often dark matter around galaxies is referred to as a 'halo'. I've seen the galactic rotation curves, but I'm having trouble visualizing how the dark matter is distributed for a typical rotating ...
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Experimental Data for Mass Distribution of a Galaxy

My goal here is not to discuss dark matter in general. I know there are many other observational clues that hint us towards Dark matter. My goal is simply to understand this argument here a little ...
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What is the direction of our solar system in the Milky way galaxy and in the universe?

What is the direction of our solar system in the Milky way galaxy and in the whole universe? Are we heading toward another constellation, not including Andromeda?