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By harnessing the extreme sensitivity of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have directly observed a pair of Milky Way like galaxies seen when the Universe was only eight percent of its current age. These progenitors of today’s giant spiral galaxies are surrounded by halos of hydrogen gas that extend many tens of thousands of light years beyond their dusty, star filled disks.
Astronomers initially detected these galaxies by studying the intense light from even more distant quasars. As this light travels through an intervening galaxy on its way to Earth, it can pick up the unique spectral signature from the galaxy’s gas. This technique, however, generally prevents astronomers from seeing the actual light emitted by the galaxy, which is overwhelmed by the much brighter emission from the background quasar.
a tiny firefly next to a high power searchlight. can now see the galaxies themselves, which gives us a fantastic opportunity to learn about the earliest history of our galaxy and others like it.
Credit: Produced by Alexandra Angelich (NRAO/AUI/NSF); Written and narrated by Charles Blue (NRAO/AUI/NSF); Animations and footage courtesy of Alexandra Angelich (NRAO/AUI/NSF); NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Cruz deWilde and the Advanced Visualization Laboratory at the National Center for Supercomputing and B. O M. Neeleman J. Xavier Prochaska; Keck Observatory; Music by Geodesium.
With ALMA, the astronomers were finally able to observe the natural millimeter wavelength emitted by ionized carbon in the dense and dusty star forming regions of the galaxies. This carbon signature, however, is considerably offset from the gas first detected by quasar absorption. This extreme separation indicates that the galaxies’ gas content extends well beyond their star filled disks, suggesting that each galaxy is embedded in a massive halo of hydrogen gas.
had expected we would see faint emission right on top of the quasar, and instead we saw bright galaxies at large separations from the quasar, said J. The separation from the quasar to the observed galaxy is about 137,000 light years for one galaxy and about 59,000 light years for the other.
Artist impression of a progenitor of Milky Way like galaxy in the early Universe with a background quasar shining through a halo of hydrogen gas surrounding the galaxy. New ALMA observations of two such galaxies reveal that those large halos extend well beyond the galaxies dusty, star forming disks. The galaxies were initially found by the absorption of background quasar light passing through the galaxies. ALMA was able to image the ionized carbon in the galaxies disks, revealing crucial details about their structures. Credit: A. Angelich (NRAO/AUI/NSF). Download image
According to the researchers,
the neutral hydrogen gas revealed by its absorption of quasar light is most likely part of a large halo or perhaps an extended disk of gas around the galaxy. not where the star formation is, and to see so much gas that far from the star forming region means there is a large amount of neutral hydrogen around the galaxy, Neeleman said.
Composite ALMA and optical image of a young Milky Way like galaxy 12 billion light years away and a background quasar 12.5 billion light years away. Light from the quasar passed through the galaxy gas on its way to Earth, revealing the presence of the galaxy to astronomers. New ALMA observations of the galaxy ionized carbon (green) and dust continuum (blue) emission show that the dusty, star forming disk of the galaxy is vastly offset from the gas detected by quasar absorption at optical wavelengths (red). This indicates that a massive halo of gas surrounds the galaxy. Keck Observatory. Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), M. Neeleman J. Xavier Prochaska; Keck Observatory. Download image
The new ALMA data show that these young galaxies are already rotating, which is one of the hallmarks of the massive spiral galaxies we see in the Universe today. The ALMA observations further reveal that both galaxies are forming stars at moderately high rates: more than 100 solar masses per year in one galaxy and about 25 solar masses per year in the other.
galaxies appear to be massive, dusty, and rapidly star forming systems, with large, extended layers of gas, Prochaska said. now know that at least some very early galaxies have halos that are much more extended than previously considered, which may represent the future material for galaxy growth. The background quasars are each roughly 12.5 billion light years from Earth.
This research is presented in a paper titled II] 158 m emission from the host galaxies of damped Lyman alpha systems, by M. Neeleman et al., scheduled for publication in the journal Science on 24 March 2017. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) of Japan in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. ALMA is funded by ESO on behalf of its Member States, by NSF in cooperation with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the National Science Council of Taiwan (NSC) and by NINS in cooperation with the Academia Sinica (AS) in Taiwan and the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI).
ALMA construction and operations are led by ESO on behalf of its Member States; by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), managed by Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI), on behalf of North America; and by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) on behalf of East Asia. The Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) provides the unified leadership and management of the construction, commissioning and operation of ALMA.