Stephan's Quintet is a dramatic merging system of five galaxies. Hubble and Chandra Space Telescopes have revealed a massive shock wave in between the galaxies in Stephan's Quintet that is caused by one galaxy falling into another galaxy at millions of kilometrs an hour. Galaxy collisions cause the gravitational potential of each galaxy to be disrupted, causing massive inflows and outflows of gas as galaxies collide and form new, larger galaxies.
In this project, you will work with data of the Stephan's Quintet from the Keck Low Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (LRIS), taken from Mauna Kea in Hawaii. With the Keck Data, you will investigate whether the galaxies themselves also experience shock emission, and you will measure how the oxygen gas in galaxies has been redistributed due to the disrupted gravitational potential in Stephan's Quintet.