An almost head-on collision as the origin of two off-centre rings in the Andromeda galaxy

@article{Block2006AnAH,
  title={An almost head-on collision as the origin of two off-centre rings in the Andromeda galaxy},
  author={D. Block and F. Bournaud and F. Combes and R. Groess and P. Barmby and M. Ashby and G. Fazio and M. Pahre and S. Willner},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2006},
  volume={443},
  pages={832-834}
}
The unusual morphology of the Andromeda galaxy (Messier 31, the closest spiral galaxy to the Milky Way) has long been an enigma. Although regarded for decades as showing little evidence of a violent history, M31 has a well-known outer ring of star formation at a radius of ten kiloparsecs whose centre is offset from the galaxy nucleus. In addition, the outer galaxy disk is warped, as seen at both optical and radio wavelengths. The halo contains numerous loops and ripples. Here we report the… Expand
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