Giant Galaxy String Defies Models of How Universe Evolved
[Mt Stromlo Observatory]
This story was presented at a press conference at the American
Astronomical Society meeting
in Atlanta, Georgia, at 10am on 7th January 2004, US Eastern Time (2am
8th January AEST).
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Animations and Pictures
Your main source for animations and pictures should be the NASA web site:
Here is a local copy of the main animation:
3D rendering of our data which morphs into
an animated fly-through of the galaxy string (mpg, 8Mb)
The animation uses data from the Anglo-Australian Telescope (at Siding Spring
Observatory) and the
Blanco Telescope (at Cerro Tololo Observatory), and should be credited to
Paper describing the inital identification of this string
(accepted to appear in the Astrophysical Journal in February 2004)
Draft paper describing spectral confirmation of the string galaxies
(to be submitted to the Astronomical Journal). Still very rough.
The galaxy filament was first identified using the Blanco Telescope at Cerro
Tololo Interamerican Observatory:
The filament was confirmed using the Anglo-Australian Telescope, located at the
Siding Spring Observatory,
located near the town of Coonabarabran, in the Western Plains of New South
Last updated 4.00pm AEST 9th January 2004.
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