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Galaxy shapes are broadly divided into two categories; Early-type (elliptical; `E’) galaxies and late-type (spiral; `Sp’) ones. Two spiral galaxies can merge to form one elliptical galaxy. But what would happen if one elliptical galaxy merges with one spiral galaxy? In this project, students investigate galaxy transformation processes during merging between elliptical and spiral galaxies using computer simulations of this particular type of galaxy merging.

Galaxy transformation from early- to late-types


Dr Robert Bassett

Research Associate (Formerly)

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