AMHERST, Mass. - A team of researchers led by a University of Massachusetts astronomer has produced the first complete maps of carbon monoxide emission in the interstellar medium of a nearby dwarf irregular galaxy. These observations may provide a unique insight into the formation of stars in the early universe. Dwarf irregular galaxies lack an apparent structure or shape, and are significantly smaller than their counterparts. The research was conducted by Christopher L. Taylor of the Five College Radio Astronomy Observatory (FCRAO) at UMass, along with Wilfred Walsh of the Max-Planck Institut in Bonn, Germany, and Susanne Huttemeister and Thomas Fritz of the University of Bonn, Germany. The team presented its findings today at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Rochester, N.Y.
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