Simulated interaction between M31 and M32

Jeremy Bailin, Paul Bourke, and Karl Gordon
June 2004


Interaction between M31 and its satellite M32. Gray fuzz is the old stellar component, red circles represent the ISM, star formation/supernova events are bright white circles and the newly-formed stars are the smaller white circles. The passage of M32 through the disk triggers star formation at the observed location of NGC 206 and opens a hole in the disk at the observed location of a hole in the dust emission. Credit: Jeremy Bailin, Paul Bourke, and Karl Gordon.

Movie: M31M32.mov