Scientists believe that the milky Way in the past experienced “clinical death”

Our milky Way has experienced “clinical death” in the past, when it stopped the formation of new stars. It lasted about two billion and ended about five years ago, said the scientific team of the astronomer, Masafumi Noguchi of the Japanese Tohoku University. This assumption confirms the chemical composition of the now existing stars. On the findings of Japanese astronomers reports the website Phys.org.

The stars of the milky Way were formed in two separate epochs using different mechanisms of star formation. Between these periods there was a large pause when the star formation in the galaxy stopped completely. This suggests that the history of our galaxy much more interesting than it might seem at first glance, researchers say.

Researchers believe that in the course of his education, that is, in the first era, the milky Way was attracted to the surrounding cold gas, which is a base for formation of first generation stars. Supernovae of type II, resulting from the collapse of cores of massive stars and released into the interstellar medium, the chemical elements such as oxygen, calcium, silicon and magnesium.

About seven billion years ago shock waves created by supernovae, warmed up already present in the galaxy gas, and cool stuff ceased to accumulate, which stopped star formation. So came the “clinical death” of our galaxy.

During this period, which lasted according to scientists, about two billion years, there is a supernova of type Ia arising from the explosion of stars of the class of white dwarfs, which typically are composed of double variable stars. These catastrophic events led to the enrichment of the gaseous medium iron. About 5 billion years ago, gas heated supernova, emitting radiation, began to cool, starting the process a gradual resumption of flows of cold matter, which led to the appearance of the stars of the second generation, rich in iron. This was our Sun.

In the opinion of the astronomer of the University of Washington Benjamin Williams and his colleagues, the Andromeda galaxy, too, formed their stars in two different eras. With the conclusions of the American colleagues of consonants by Japanese scientists. According to the model of galactic formation, developed by a team of Masafumi Noguchi, massive galaxies such as the milky Way and Andromeda, have experienced in the past a break in the star formation. At the same time, in a more compact galaxies, this process was smooth and continuous.

According to Noguchi, “the further observation of nearby galaxies can revolutionize our understanding of galactic formation.”

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