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NGC0628 (M74) (JWST MIRI)Credit: Judy Schmidt (geckzilla)
NGC7496 (HST+JWST)Credit: Judy Schmidt (geckzilla)
IC5332 (JWST MIRI)Credit: Judy Schmidt (geckzilla)
NGC1566 (JWST MIRI)Credit: Judy Schmidt (geckzilla)
NGC1365 (JWST MIRI)Credit: Judy Schmidt (geckzilla)

The PHANGS (Physics at High Angular resolution in Nearby GalaxieS) survey is making high resolution observations of nearby galaxies with several telescopes, including ALMA, Hubble, JWST and the VLT. We aim to understand the interplay of the small-scale physics of gas and star formation with galactic structure and galaxy evolution. Observations of nearby galaxies will be utilized to understand how physics at or near the “cloud” scale are affected by galaxy-scale conditions, how they affect still smaller scale processes, and how these influence the evolution of whole galaxies.

Credit: PHANGS collaboration, Design: Daniela Leitner

Credit: PHANGS collaboration, Design: Daniela Leitner

PHANGS overview (movie)Credit: F. Santoro & the PHANGS team
PHANGS-ALMA_ Revealing molecular gas in 90 nearby galaxies.mp4.MP4

PHANGS-ALMA (movie)Credit: PHANGS-YouTube team (S. Stuber, C. Eibensteiner, D. Gibbbs, H. Hassani, E. Oakes)
PHANGS-MUSE (movie)Credit: F. Santoro & T. Müller (HdA)/PHANGS/MUSE


Webb Depicts Staggering Structure in 19 Nearby Galaxies, 2024 January, news release by Webb Space Telescope, ESA, NASA Goddard, and associated news releases by JHU, MPIA (also in German)

The Birthplaces of Stars in the Whirlpool Galaxy, 2023 December, research report by MPIA and U. Bonn (also in German), IRAM

NASA's Webb Reveals Intricate Networks of Gas and Dust in Nearby Galaxies, 2023 February, news release by Webb Space Telescope, and associated news releseases by Ghent University, MPIA (also in German), NOIRLab, UC San Diego, University Heidelberg, University Wyoming

Capturing All That Glitters in Galaxies with NASA's Webb, 2022 January, news release by Webb Space Telescope, see also NASA Goddard

Galactic fireworks: new ESO images reveal stunning features of nearby galaxies, 2021 July, photo release by ESO, and associated news releases by INAF (in Italian), MPIA (in German), ZAH 

Cosmic cartographers map nearby Universe revealing the diversity of star-forming galaxies, 2021 June, press releases by NRAO (see also youtube), OSU, MPIA (in German)  

Cosmic commute towards star and planet formation, 2020 July, MPIA press release

Birds of a Feather, 2020 July, ESA Hubble Space Telescope

Les Astronomes dévoilent les entrailles invisibles des galaxies, 2019 February, Le Figaro

What 100,000 Star Factories in 74 Galaxies Tell Us about Star Formation Across the Universe, 2019 January, NRAO/JAO press release


The PHANGS team research program is made possible by support from multiple funding agencies and observatories.  Our observing program has been enabled by telescope time allocations from ALMA, ESO, HST, JWST, AstroSat, IRAM, NRAO, and other facilities. Our team members have been supported by funding agencies including: the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programs; the German Research Foundation (DFG); Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) of France; the US National Science Foundation (NSF); NASA; the Space Telescope Science Institute under contract from NASA; the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC); the Canadian Space Agency (CSA); and the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación.