Development of Massive Elliptical Galaxies
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Credit: NASA/ESA/S. Toft (Niels Bohr Institute)/A. Feild (STScI)

Collage • January 29th, 2014 • ssc2014-01a


This graphic shows the evolutionary sequence in the growth of massive elliptical galaxies over 13 billion years, as gleaned from space-based and ground-based telescopic observations. The growth of this class of galaxies is quickly driven by rapid star formation and mergers with other galaxies.

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