Artist impression of the monster galaxy that might be the ancestor of elliptical galaxies in today's universe. Image: National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
Monster galaxy giving nonstop birth to stars - space science news

Using the ALMA telescope, astronomers have obtained a detailed anatomy of a monster galaxy located 12.4 billion light years away. Its clouds are extremely unstable, leading to star formation at a rate that is a thousand times faster than in other galaxies. Monster galaxies are thought to be ancestors of the “normal” elliptical galaxies in the universe, so that the observations on the monster galaxy (COSMOS-AzTEC-1) help to understand how elliptical galaxies have formed.

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Scientific publication: Nature