Institute of Astronomy

The Biggest Splash

SpeakerTalk DateTalk Series
Vasily Belokurov (IoA)22 May 2020Institute of Astronomy Galaxies Discussion Group


I will show that in the Milky Way there exists a significant population of old
and metal-rich stars on highly eccentric orbits, most likely born in-situ. It
is not 100% clear how this in-situ halo population came about. Perhaps it can be produced by "splashing" up the prehistoric disk of the Galaxy as a result of an early merger with a massive dwarf satellite. Alternatively, these stars could be born on radial orbits, for example, in an outflow accompanying an ancient star-formation burst.


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