Supercomputer Simulations of Merging Galaxies:
Mergers, Starbursts, and Galaxy Evolution

Chris Mihos,
Department of Astronomy,
Case Western Reserve University

Observations of Colliding Galaxies:
Snapshots in Time

Problem: Galaxy collisions take hundreds of millions or even billions of years to occur -- we can't watch a collision happen.

When we observe interacting galaxies we see fragmented, differing pieces of a larger evolutionary process.

(images courtesy John Hibbard, National Radio Astronomy Observatory)

We want to understand how these "snapshots" relate, and explore galaxy collisions in an evolutionary context.

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