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
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