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World's first realistic simulation of the formation of the Milky Way


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For almost 20 years astrophysicists have been trying to recreate the formation of spiral galaxies such as our Milky Way realistically. Now astrophysicists from the University of Zurich present the world's first realistic simulation of the formation of our home galaxy together with astronomers from the University of California at Santa Cruz. The new results were partly calculated on the computer of the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (CSCS) and show, for instance, that there has to be stars on the outer edge of the Milky Way.


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That simulation looks a lot like matter floating around in water. What if dark matter has similar properties to a substrate such as water?
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This is hot, thanks

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Quite interesting but still difficult to comprehend billions of years and a hundred thousand light years being squeezed into such a short time and image!

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