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This deep image of the area of sky around the elliptical galaxy NGC 5018 offers a spectacular view of its tenuous streams of stars and gas. These delicate features are hallmarks of galactic interactions, and provide vital clues to the structure and dynamics of early-type galaxies.

Astronomers have captured a collection of elliptical galaxies in different environments

Utilizing the sensitive OmegaCAM detector at the core of the VST, a group driven by Marilena Spavone from INAF-Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte in Naples,...