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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Simulation: A Disk Galaxy Forms
NASA ^ | July 17, 2012 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 07/17/2012 3:24:36 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: How do galaxies like our Milky Way form? Since our universe moves too slowly to watch, faster-moving computer simulations are created to help find out. Green depicts (mostly) hydrogen gas in the above movie, while time is shown in billions of years since the Big Bang on the lower right. Pervasive dark matter is present but not shown. As the simulation begins, ambient gas falls into and accumulates in regions of relatively high gravity. Soon numerous proto-galaxies form, spin, and begin to merge. After about four billion years, a well-defined center materializes that dominates a region about 100,000 light-years across and starts looking like a modern disk galaxy. After a few billion more years, however, this early galaxy collides with another, all while streams of gas from other mergers rain down on this strange and fascinating cosmic dance. As the simulation reaches half the current age of the universe, a single larger disk develops. Even so, gas blobs -- some representing small satellite galaxies -- fall into and become absorbed by the rotating galaxy as the present epoch is reached and the movie ends. For our Milky Way Galaxy, however, big mergers may not be over -- recent evidence indicates that our large spiral disk Galaxy will collide and coalesce with the slightly larger Andromeda spiral disk galaxy in the next few billion years.

July 17, 2012

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; science
[Video Credit: Fabio Governato et al. (U. Washington), N-Body Shop, NASA Advanced Supercomputing]

1 posted on 07/17/2012 3:24:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 07/17/2012 3:26:38 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (
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To: SunkenCiv

I think a hangover forms like that also.

3 posted on 07/17/2012 3:30:56 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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4 posted on 07/17/2012 3:38:57 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (
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Simply amazing! Billions of stars in a single galaxy and billions of galaxies in our universe.

And the neat thing is that it all just happened on it’s own! From nothing./s

5 posted on 07/17/2012 4:55:48 AM PDT by 762X51
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To: 762X51; SunkenCiv
"...happened all on its own! From nothing. /s" -- LOL!

Can anyone look at that and not see the Hand of God?

6 posted on 07/17/2012 9:40:35 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse

Paul's letter to the Romans says it all.

It is the cosmos that continually reaffirms my faith. It is mind boggling. Also, the recognition of an uncaused cause (God) is the only thing that makes sense of the cosmos and its origin and continuation.

7 posted on 07/18/2012 6:06:33 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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8 posted on 07/18/2012 1:19:56 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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