University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

“Lazy” Start of Star Formation Find from SDSS

January 9, 2019

Astronomers from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) reached the conclusion that after a “lazy” start of star formation for the first few billion years of their lives, both the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds are now forming new stars at a rapid rate. They made the first-ever detailed chemical maps of galaxies beyond our own. UVA graduate and study leader, David Nidever said, “Reading these maps helps us reconstruct the history of how these galaxies formed their stars.” “Both the Magellanic Clouds started off by making stars very slowly,” says Christian Hayes, a key member of the research team and current graduate student at UVA. Read more here:


Image: Rachael Beaton, Borja Anguiano and Steve Majewski