The current status on the UV upturn

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The UV upturn phenomenon found in giant elliptical galaxies through space observations has been a mystery. Recent GALEX observations have revealed new facts. The most notable is the rarity of UV upturn galaxies. Unlike previous beliefs, UV upturn is found only in less than 10 percent of giant ellitpical galaxies. Another notable finding is that the UV flux has been increasing for the last couple of billion years. This is consistent with the theoretical predictions that suggest hot horizontal branch stars are the main UV sources. Remaining theoretical and observational issues on this topic can be found in another recent review of mine (Yi 2008).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-149
Number of pages3
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Issue numberS262
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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