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ESO Science Release eso1212: The Feeding Habits of Teenage Galaxies. New observations made with ESO’s Very Large Telescope are making a major contribution to understanding the growth of adolescent galaxies. In the biggest survey of its kind astronomers have found that galaxies changed their eating habits during their teenage years ...

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14 March 2012

New observations made with ESO’s Very Large Telescope are making a major contribution to understanding the growth of adolescent galaxies. In the biggest survey of its kind astronomers have found that galaxies changed their eating habits during their teenage years - the period from about 3 to 5 billion years after the Big Bang. At the start of this phase smooth gas flow was the preferred snack, but later, galaxies mostly grew by cannibalising other smaller galaxies.

The release, images and videos are available on:
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Space Scoop - the children's version of this release is available at: http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1212/kids/

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The ESO Education and Public Outreach Department
14 March 2012




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