The Formation of our Galaxy
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Gresham College Lectures
The Formation of our Galaxy
Feb 03, 2016
Gresham College
Professor Joseph Silk explains what the relics of the earliest universe can tell us about our past and our future:
A typical galaxy, like our Milky Way, has one hundred billion solar masses in stars. It is remarkable that one can do back-of-the-envelope estimates that lead to predictions of the characteristic mass of a galaxy. I will describe how galaxies formed. Beginning from infinitesimal fluctuations in the early universe, gravity helped concentrate the matter into clouds that fragmented into stars and assembled into galaxies. With the largest telescopes, one can look back in time and decipher the remote signatures of galactic youth and even birth.
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