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  • December 27, 2007

    Episode 136: Galactic Coverup

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    Sometimes those serene, rounded elliptical galaxies harbor much deeper and more interesting structures. In Hubble Space Telescope observations, one elliptical galaxy shows shells-shaped groups of stars that probably originated in a violent collision between galaxies. The material from the merger is feeding a supermassive black hole in the galaxy's center, creating a quasar that emits enough energy to be seen across the universe.