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CSIRO’s ASKAP radio telescope on Wajarri Yamaji Country. ​Credit: CSIRO/Alex Cherney​

UM professor Jayanne English interviewed for her role in discovery of potential polar ring galaxies

September 14, 2023 — 

A group of international astronomers, including a researcher from the University of Manitoba, have identified two potential polar ring galaxies—a type of galaxy that exhibits a ring of stars and gas perpendicular to its main spiral disk. The results were published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society .

UM’s Dr. Jayanne English, a member of the WALLABY research team, is also an expert in astronomy image-making in the Physics and Astronomy department, and a former postdoctoral fellow researcher at Queen’s. She worked on NASA’s Hubble Heritage Project at the Space Telescope Science Institute. That experience was beneficial on this project as she developed these first images of these gaseous polar ring galaxies using a combination of optical and radio data from the different telescopes in two different locations. Since gaseous polar ring galaxies cannot be seen by the human eye, composite images developed by astronomers create important visualizations using data from different telescopes.

Dr. English was featured in a number of interviews, here are few of them:

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