Galaxy Zoo Talk

Galaxy Merging

  • JordannaBeal by JordannaBeal

    Hey Everyone! Is this a galaxy merging in with another one. Is the bigger galaxy pulling the smaller one in?


  • ElisabethB by ElisabethB moderator

    HI JordannaBeal and welcome to the Zoo

    The image is a bit fuzzy so it is not easy to tell if these two are actually interacting. But merger is a possibility !

    Happy hunting ! 😄


  • OneofLast by OneofLast

    i believe this is a merging galaxy, but im not a moderator so dont take my word.


  • Budgieye by Budgieye moderator

    We can look at shape, colour and spectral chart.
    Shape shows no obvious interaction. I looked at the SkyServer image and there are no usual colours which often accompany mergers. There is a hydrogen spike, but that may come from the nucleus, not any interaction.