Feedback processes, like supernova and AGN, are essential for accurately simulation galaxy formation and evolution. Today’s astrobite examines the role of radiation feedback in galaxy formation in new “radiation hydrodynamics” simulations of galaxies.
The authors use a cosmological simulation to characterize the rates at which galaxies form new stars.
The authors of this work report the discovery of the most distant, spectroscopically-confirmed galaxy found to date, which presently lies about 30 billion light years from Earth. The galaxy is being observed as it was at a time just 700 million years after the Big Bang, which is a mere 5% of the universe’s current age of 13.8 billion years.
The central question of this Letter is how and when the Milky Way assembled its stellar mass. This issue is addressed by tracing the formation history of spiral galaxies which closely resemble the Milky Way.
TITLE: Comparing the Ancient Star Formation Histories of the Magellanic Clouds AUTHORS: Daniel R. Weisz, Andrew E. Dolphin, Evan D. Skillman, Jon Holtzman, Julianne J. Dalcanton, Andrew A. Cole, Kyle Neary AUTHORS’ INSTITUTION: University of Washington The evolution of galaxies can be investigated in two ways: we can observe galaxies at farther distances to get a picture of […]
The authors have identified several satellite galaxies confined to a plane in their orbits around our nearest neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy. Such a planar structure is perhaps at odds with our current understanding of galaxy formation.
Pairs of dwarf galaxies in the Local Group are much more common than what expected from N-body/semi-analytic models of galaxy formation.
Astronomers in Leiden have measured star formation rates across a large range in redshift with H-alpha spectroscopy for the first time, which is a huge leap forward in our ability to compare the local Universe with high-redshift.
In this paper, the authors describe a new galaxy simulation that includes molecular hydrogen, the site of star formation, and discuss what happens with and without it.
Researchers at Caltech have used data from the Keck Baryonic Structure Survey to place quantitative constraints on the circumgalactic medium around galaxies at z~2. Measurements like these help us fine-tune our understanding of the interplay between gas and galaxies and, ultimately, galaxy formation and evolution.