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Forest of Molecular Signals in Star Forming Galaxy

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The starburst galaxy NGC 253 and the radio spectra obtained with ALMA. ALMA detected radio signals from 19 different molecules at the center of this galaxy. Original size (977KB)

Astronomers found a rich molecular reservoir in the heart of an active star-forming galaxy with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). Among eight clouds identified at the center of the galaxy NGC 253, one exhibits very complex chemical composition, while in the other clouds many signals are missing. This chemical richness and diversity shed light on the nature of the baby boom galaxy.

These observation results were published as Ando et al. “Diverse nuclear star-forming activities in the heart of NGC 253 resolved with 10-pc-scale ALMA images” in the Astrophysical Journal in November 2017.

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