It has recently come to light that astronomers have observed a rare phenomenon in space - the death of a distant galaxy. The study around this phenomenon is published in Nature Astronomy where the research is led by an international team of astronomers from Durham University.

Alan Smale the lead author from Durham University, said: "What we know about the extreme distances of the two bright, well-studied objects is very fragile. Measurements from VLA radio telescopes in North Dakota - one is on the American continent, the other in the Canary Islands - show dramatically small amounts of light from nearby galaxies (fragments) falling on them, which is expected as we observe them. In this study, we have constructed new measurements that allow us to see individual fragments falling on the two sources that we have lived and worked at for decades.

"This discovery looks very promising for the sensitivity of lots of other telescopes which we have 'shot from the hip' recently."

The first step in this process was to study over three million stars within galaxy UGC 7886.

Using these data, scientists discovered 10 individual fragments hailing from the massive elliptical galaxy UGC 7886 Cen, orbiting a nearby spiral galaxy we know as NGC 6604 (also known as CDM J12082.37+3843). Now all that is missing is the death of even additional large spirals orbiting the impossible might of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- and both are pretty damn impossible, so you can forget about it.

Lead author of the study, Andrew Potter from Durham University, said: "We have noticed that most of the stars in the galaxy are much younger than: they are not three billion years old, and at some of the brightest points they are only a fraction of one part in ten thousand of the age of the Universe. The most likely explanation is that some large spiral galaxies have been caught in an intense gravitational woman-beast that has trapped them in a fleeting coma. A curved and extended shadow has been cast on the surrounding stars, and the stars in the galaxy will surely shine bright in the future."

Thanks to this new discovery the team can now work out the location of the most likely gravity-breaking object of those 10 previously identified fragments, perhaps circling even further away.

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