First ‘Blow-Away’ Galaxy:
Astrophysicists using the Gemini telescope have spotted the first ‘blow-away galaxy, in which the hydrogen clouds have been stripped off exposing high-energy light.
- This finding could give a clue to solving the puzzle of the reionization of the universe.
- The galaxy, named Pox 186, is so small that it could fit inside the Milky Way.
- The researchers suspect that its compact size, coupled with its large population of stars — which amount to a hundred thousand times the mass of the sun — made the blow-away possible.
- The Gemini Observatory is an astronomical observatory consisting of two 8.1-meter telescopes, Gemini North and Gemini South, which are located at two separate sites in Hawaii and Chile, respectively.
- The twin Gemini telescopes provide almost complete coverage of both the northern and southern skies
- They are currently among the largest and most advanced optical/infrared telescopes available to astronomers.