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Multiple Mergers Generate Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxy


A team of astronomers led by Professor Yoshiaki Taniguchi (Ehime University) has concluded that the ultraluminous infrared galaxy (ULIRG) Arp 220 developed from a multiple merger among four or more galaxies. Their new imaging data from the Subaru Telescope and optical spectroscopy from the W. M. Keck Observatory revealed two tidal tails that facilitated their analysis of Arp 220’s development. Because Arp 220 is an archetypal or representative ULIRG, the team’s findings facilitate an understanding of ULIRG development in general.First discovered from the Infrared Astronomical Satellite’s (IRAS) all-sky survey in the mid-1980s, ULIRGs are the most luminous class of galaxies in the relatively near or local Universe. Most of their energy output is in the infrared, suggesting that they contain a large amount of dust, an indication of immense star formation.

Full Story: http://www.naoj.org/Pressrelease/2012/05/24/index.html

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