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Numerical Simulations of the Milky Way's Accretion History

Project description

Looking to the stars for answers

The Milky Way is the barred spiral galaxy that contains our Solar System. Our sun is just one of the Milky Way’s 200 billion stars. The EU-funded VIA LACTEA project will investigate how the Milky Way was formed. It will study its major accretion events using state-of-the-art computing techniques as well as the formation of the inner-halo. Secondly, it will look into the impact of known satellites. The project will build on the European Space Agency Gaia satellite’s three-dimensional map of the Milky Way, which shows that the stars in our galaxy are much more complex in structure and kinematics than previously thought. Study outcomes will bring us a step closer to better understanding our universe.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/astrophysics/dark matter
  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/applied mathematics/mathematical model

Call for proposal

ERC-2019-STG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-STG - Starting Grant

Host institution

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 498 750

Beneficiaries (2)

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 1 498 750
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR ASTROPHYSIK POTSDAM (AIP)

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
An Der Sternwarte 16
14482 Potsdam
Activity type
Research Organisations