n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Head-on collision in Andromeda : news notes




Extracted from text ... mnassa vol 65 nos 11 & 12 176 Head-on Collision in Andromeda Andromeda (M31) and the Milky Way share the honours of being the largest members of the local group of galaxies, with diameters of 140 000 and 100 000 light years respectively. Among at least 30 lesser members are the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, M32 and M33. These galaxies are bound together by gravity. Their mutual interactions, such as by collision, have important effects on their evolution. Now an international team led by Prof David Block of Wits University in Johannesburg has found that M32, the well-known ..


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