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UR: Analyzing Star Clusters in Dwarf Mergers: A Study of dm1529+26

23 Apr 2021, 15:03 UTC
UR: Analyzing Star Clusters in Dwarf Mergers: A Study of dm1529+26
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Tehreem HaiOccidental CollegeToday’s guest post was written by Tehreem Hai, a sophomore physics major and math minor at Occidental College. Tehreem carried out the project described in this post under the mentorship of Dr. Sabrina Stierwalt during Occidental’s Summer Research Program.You might have heard of galaxy mergers involving larger galaxies like our Milky Way gobbling up smaller ones, or two large galaxies dancing together in a cosmic waltz. But have you ever seen a merger of dwarf galaxies? We studied one of these unique mergers in our research, which involved two dwarf galaxies more than a megaparsec from a massive host. This work was a high-resolution continuation of my mentor Dr. Stierwalt’s analysis of dwarf mergers in the TiNy Titans Survey (featured by Astrobites here).For our study, we selected one of the mergers that showed enhanced star formation in TiNy Titans. We ...

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