“Starbursts” and Black Holes Lead to Biggest Galaxies (BBC)


[[{“type”:“media”,“view_mode”:“media_large”,“fid”:“42331”,“attributes”:{“class”:“media-image alignright size-full wp-image-27323”,“typeof”:“foaf:Image”,“style”:“”,“width”:“100”,“height”:“100”,“alt”:“BBC News”}}]]An international research team led by Dartmouth’s Ryan Hickox has discovered that today’s largest galaxies began as “starbursts.”

The team’s research, published by the Royal Astronomical Society, shows that areas bursting with new stars 10 billion years ago have since morphed into the universe’s most massive galaxies.

“This is the first time that we’ve been able to show this clear link,” said Hickox, assistant professor of physics and astronomy.

Read the full story, published 1/25/12 by the BBC.

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