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In this assignment you will aim to draw out the main scientific aims and results from an article on a topic associated with the astrophysics of galaxies. Write up (in your own words) your summary on not more than 4 sides of A4 paper. You should include one figure that best illustrates the main aspects of the paper, in your opinion.
At the end of the summary you should aim to highlight (in three or four sentences) your own conclusions about the main results of the article, indicating your constructively critical thoughts about the results. Note that you are not expected to be able to understand every detail of the articles, but you should be able to extract the main results, and indicate their importance in the light of what you have learnt from this course.
Even though you are summarising the content of the paper, it is imperative that you do so in your own words. It is not acceptable for your summary to include sentences from the paper, with only a few changes.

Choose one of the following articles to summarise:
“A Portrait of Malin 2: A Case Study of a Giant Low Surface Brightness Galaxy.”
By Kasparova et al., 2014, MNRAS, Vol. 437, p3072.

“The Environmental Dependence of the Structure of Galactic discs in STAGES S0 Galaxies: Implication for S0 Formation.”
By Maltby et al., 2015, MNRAS, Vol. 447, p1506.

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A low surface brightness galaxy is one where the brightness of the galaxy has minimal contrast with the background light. This makes them more difficult to detect and it is possible to overlook them. The first of these galaxies to be confirmed was Malin 1 found in 1986, and was the largest known spiral galaxy at the time. The paper being summarized here discusses the low surface brightness galaxy Malin 2 which also has a very large amount of mass (apparently its mass is 1.5 to 2.0 times the mass of the Milky Way).
While learning about Malin 2 is certainly an objective for this paper, it is not the sole objective. With the development of more powerful telescopes and better techniques for analyzing what is observed, many idiosyncrasies are being found that challenge the more currently accepted views on how the universe evolves....
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