Paris Astronomical Data Centre

Observatoire de Paris

GALaxy MERgers (GALMER) in the Virtual Observatory

Observers are more and more familiar with getting their data from the Virtual Observatory (VO), for example obtaining images and spectra of galaxies from the Web, instead of telescopes. For the first time, it is now possible to get simulated images and spectra from interacting galaxies, from the "Theoretical Virtual Observatory" too, in a way most convenient to compare with the observations. Astronomers from Paris Observatory have built a library of thousands of galaxy merger simulations, and made it available to users through tools compatible with the VO standards adapted specially for this theoretical database.