Comparison of rotating disc galaxies in the distant Universe and the present day

Schematic representation of rotating disc galaxies in the early Universe (right) and the present day (left). Observations with ESO's Very Large Telescope suggest that such massive star-forming disc galaxies in the early Universe were less influenced by dark matter (shown in red), as it was less concentrated. As a result the outer parts of distant galaxies rotate more slowly than comparable regions of galaxies in the local Universe.

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ESO/L. Calçada

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Id:eso1709a
Type:Artwork
Release date:15 March 2017, 19:00
Related releases:eso1709
Size:3840 x 2149 px

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Type:Early Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Category:Illustrations

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