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Finding the Origin of Gas in Galaxies with MeerKAT

Project description

Tracing the mysterious origin of hydrogen gas in galaxies

Neutral hydrogen gas is the fuel for star formation, but most galaxies do not have enough gas reserves to keep forming stars throughout their entire lifetime. Therefore, they must be accreting gas from elsewhere. Computer simulations suggest that this gas may come from the space between galaxies. As the radiation the gas emits is very faint, this process has not been observed so far. The EU-funded MeerGas project will use extremely sensitive radio observations of 30 nearby galaxies made by South Africa's MeerKAT telescope to detect the accreting gas. The project will comprise the only systematic study of gas accretion at high resolution and high sensitivity until the completion of the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope in a decade.

Call for proposal

ERC-2019-ADG
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Host institution

STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN
Address
Winthontlaan 2
3526 KV Utrecht
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 2 498 811

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STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 2 498 811
Address
Winthontlaan 2
3526 KV Utrecht
Activity type
Research Organisations