"Red Nugget" Galaxies Were Hiding in Plain Sight
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said:
Since no "red nuggets" were seen nearby, astronomers wondered why they had disappeared over time. New research shows that they didn't disappear completely. In fact, they were simply hidden within the data of previous surveys.
Astronomers now realize these newfound compact galaxies could represent a missing link between distant "red nuggets" and nearby elliptical galaxies. They may light the evolutionary path to show how compact galaxies age over time and reveal whether they become the "seeds" for the monster ellipticals we see today.
Edited by Waspie_Dwarf, 13 June 2014 - 10:00 AM.