Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Fame, at last: pretty pictures and hyper stars in Virgo

Sky and Telescope has a very nice news article on some recent results, some of our recent results that is.

Short version: we have some very nice Hubble Space Telescope data using the Advanced Camera for Surveys, doing deep imaging of a "blank" field in the Virgo cluster.
We have "shitloads" of intra-cluster stars, some picturesque surprises, and S&T gives a speculative theory paper by Kelly Holley-Bockelmann et alon the role of supermassive black hole binaries in creating a sub-set of the intracluster stellar population (and, more importantly, how one might observationally distinguish that sub-population from the rest).

"More data is needed"


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