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ALMA and VLT Find Too Many Massive Stars in Starburst Galaxies, Near and Far

4 Jun 2018, 15:00 UTC
ALMA and VLT Find Too Many Massive Stars in Starburst Galaxies, Near and Far

Astronomers using ALMA and the VLT have discovered that both starburst galaxies in the early Universe and a star-forming region in a nearby galaxy contain a much higher proportion of massive stars than is found in more peaceful galaxies. These findings challenge current ideas about how galaxies evolved, changing our understanding of cosmic star-formation history and the build up of chemical elements.

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