Commission H1 The Local Universe


An artist's impression of what the Milky Way might look like seen from above. The colored rings show the rough extent of the fossil galaxy known as Heracles. The yellow dot shows the position of the Sun. Credit: Danny Horta-Darrington (Liverpool John Moores University), NASA/JPL-Caltech, and the SDSS

Congratulations to scientists working with data from the Sloan Digital Sky Surveys' Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE) who have discovered a "fossil galaxy" hidden in the depths of our own Milky Way.

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Publication: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2020, Volume 500, Issue 1, pp.1385-1403

DOI: 10.1093/mnras/staa2987

From left to right: Roger Penrose, Andrea Ghez and Reinhard Genzel

Congratulations to our colleagues - the Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 winners - Roger Penrose "for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity", Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez "for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy".

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