Thursday, September 18, 2014

Distribution of Molecular Gas in 30 Merging Galaxies

Each of the colorful objects in this image illustrates one of 30 merging galaxies. The contours in the individual galaxies show the signal strength from carbon monoxide while the color represents the motion of gas. Gas that is moving away from us appears red while the blue color shows gas that is approaching. The contours together with the transition from red to blue indicate a gaseous disc that is rotating about the center of the galaxy.

Image credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/SMA/CARMA/IRAM/J. Ueda et al.

Note: For more information, see Violent Origins of Disc Galaxies Probed by ALMA.

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