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Astronomers in Chile spot evidence of dark galaxies

AAP  July 12, 2012

CHILE-SPACE

A photo released on July 9, 2012, of the Cats Paw Nebula revisited in a combination of exposures from the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope in Chile with 60 hours of exposures on a 0.4-metre telescope taken by amateur astronomers Robert Gendler and Ryan M. Hannaho. Source: AFP

ASTRONOMERS in Chile using a powerful telescope have observed what appears to be evidence of the existence of dark galaxies, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) says.

Dark galaxies are small, gas-rich galaxies from the early universe that are believed to be the building blocks of today’s bright, star-filled galaxies, said the ESO, an intergovernmental organisation supported by 15 countries.

“For the first time, dark galaxies – an early phase of galaxy formation, predicted by theory but unobserved until now – may have been spotted,” the observatory said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, an international team thinks they have detected these elusive objects by observing them glowing as they are illuminated by a quasar,” the statement said.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/astronomers-spot-evidence-of-dark-galaxies/story-e6frfro0-1226424613498#ixzz20ONE74R1

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