A team of researchers present multiwavelength observations of a rare merger between two massive, gas-rich starburst galaxies at a redshift of 2.3. This kind of merger could help explain the presence of the most massive elliptical galaxies at high redshift.
Huang et al. dig up evidence that distant “red nugget” galaxies grew into the massive ellipticals we see today by consuming smaller, gas-poor galaxies.
Moving mesh code AREPO looks like it will help astronomers understand the physics of galaxy formation and evolution better than its predecessors, due to an innovative new method of solving the fluid dynamics equations in astrophysical settings. This paper discusses the differences between AREPO and another code called GADGET in the case of gas accretion onto galaxies.
The central question of this Letter is how and when the Milky Way assembled its stellar mass. This issue is addressed by tracing the formation history of spiral galaxies which closely resemble the Milky Way.
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A team of astronomers working on the 3D-HST survey make use of the Hubble Space Telescope’s grism to observe star formation as a function of radius in a large sample of galaxies at intermediate redshift.
The authors investigate the fraction of massive galaxies at z ~ 2 that contains an Active Galactic Nucleus (AGN), in hopes of understanding the importance of AGN in quenching star formation.
Using new data from the MOSFIRE spectrograph, the authors of this paper test the ability of classic emission line diagnostics to separate star formation activity from supermassive black hole accretion at high redshift. What they find may be important for understanding how the growth galaxies and black holes affect one another over cosmic time.