At the center of the image captured lie two elliptical galaxies
, part of a galaxy cluster known as [HGO2008] SDSS J1531+3414, which have strayed into each other's path.
Its biggest weakness might be the assumption that the chemical composition of dwarf stars is the same in elliptical galaxies
as in the Milky Way.
Their strange shapes are a far cry from the majestic spiral and elliptical galaxies
we see today.
The brightest of the group are Spiral Galaxy M61 and Elliptical Galaxies
M49 and M60 and these are very easy to spot at the front of Virgo between the stars Vindemiatrix and Rho.
are thought to have formed by the merging of disk galaxies early on in the life of the Universe.
At first glance, the M87 galaxy appears to be one of many elliptical galaxies
in the constellation of Virgo.
There were the familiar spiral and elliptical galaxies
and some irregular shapes previously recognized.
The long-standing theory has been that spiral galaxies merge with each other forming most of the elliptical galaxies
in the Universe.
It's not entirely clear what quenches star formation in elliptical galaxies
," admits Kenney.
The image showed the galaxy exhibiting traits seen both in spiral as well as elliptical galaxies
- an unusual combination that scientists believe was caused by gravitational interactions between NGC 4388 and other galaxies in the Virgo Cluster, which is estimated to contain over 1,300 members.
In addition, S0 galaxies do not have spiral arms that are as defined as the ones found in spiral galaxies, making them easily confused with elliptical galaxies
when observed from the same angle that IC 335 is observed from.
However, this particular supercluster arrangement has never been seen before in giant merging elliptical galaxies
," said Grant Tremblay of the European Southern Observatory in Garching, Germany.