Universe studies to be more accurate

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 07:00 in Astronomy & Space

Dwarf galaxy UGC 5497, which is infused with newly formed clusters of stars. The bright, blue stars give the galaxy an overall bluish appearance that lasts for several million years until these fast-burning stars explode as supernovae. Like historical villages, dwarf galaxies offer researchers a view into how the universe used to look. Image: ESA/NASA The mysteries of the evolution of the universe since the Big Bang are one step closer to being solved, thanks to research from The Australian National University.Astrophysics PhD candidate Mr David Nicholls from the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, part of the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, used the ANU 2.3 metre telescope at the Siding Spring Observatory to study distant dwarf galaxies. The galaxies are regarded as ideal ‘laboratories’ for finding out how the Universe has evolved since the Big Bang.“At the beginning of the Universe, the only elements around were hydrogen...

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