Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

Don’t wait any longer. 
Dive in the ocean, leave and let the sea be you.

Silent, absent, 
walking an empty road, all praise.

-- Rumi

Fifteen year old co-authors paper on dwarf galaxies.

Three days ago a paper discussing the dwarf galaxies surrounding the galaxy Andromeda was published in Nature. The paper itself is fairly revolutionary, and could completely change our understanding of how galaxies form. It's also notable for another reason - one of the authors is fifteen years old.
The paper discusses a new survey of Andromeda, which detected 27 dwarf galaxies orbiting it. Fifteen of these are aligned along a single plane. Current theories predict that dwarf galaxies should be more scattered, and cannot explain their alignment.

Astronomy magazine article: http://bit.ly/UTj3e4
Journal paper: http://bit.ly/UTj8yc

Neil G. Ibata is fifteen years old and he is the tenth author listed on the paper linked above. If you look under "affiliations" you'll see Lycée International des Pontonniers listed - this is his high school.

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