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The Dark Energy Survey Revealed New Origins of Stars in Our Galaxy


For years now, astronomers have been looking
at the sky to try and find dark energy — energy that mathematically should exist, but that
we’re not sure how to detect, or where to find. To detect the undetectable, scientists build
increasingly sensitive telescopes and point them at the sky to do a survey. And one of those had an unexpected side-effect… The Milky Way has billions of stars, the Dark
Energy Survey just uncovered a bunch of them weren’t born here. Instead, they migrated to our shores and are
now living their lives as productive members of our galactic society! We know this because in the hunt for dark
energy, the Dark Energy Survey. Very clever name, gang. Good work. imaged these… See those dim paths? Those are called ‘stellar streams.’ They’re the little paths migratory stars
took when coming to our galaxy! I KNOW! We’re looking at the galactic version of
Ellis and Angel Islands! Stellar Streams are formed when smaller dimmer
galaxies wander too close to the Milky Way. The collective gravity of the two galaxies
cause little tendrils of stars on the outskirts of the passing galaxy to stretch out… Once the tendrils of the Milky Way and the
passing galaxy meet, stars start to flow into the Milky Way’s gravitational field and
form halos! We’ve known about the stellar streams for
a while, but to see them is pretty incredible. Stars are commonly formed in regions dense
of gas and dust. When this cosmic detritus gets dense enough,
its collective gravity collapses on itself forming a baby star. As we’ve covered on Seeker before, astronomers
are just learning about the family tree of stars, based on where they’re from. These stellar nurseries exist all over the
Milky Way, and it’s where most of our stars (including the sun) were born. But there are billions of other galaxies out
there of all shapes and sizes. With their own stellar nurseries… These stellar streams may alter the border
regions of the Milky Way, bringing stars with different combinations of elements or other
unknown benefits The next Dark Energy Survey is slated to start
in 2023, and will be even more sensitive, looking even harder at our sky. I wonder what they’ll find. Special thanks to Domain.com for sponsoring this episode of Seeker. Domain.com is awesome, affordable, reliable, and has all the tools you need to build a new website. They have over 300 domain extensions to fit your needs, from .club to .space to .pizza! Take that first step in creating an identity online and visit Domain.com. What do you guys think of dark energy? Is it worth finding and looking into? Let us know in the comments, make sure you watch this video for more information about it, And thanks so much for watching Seeker.

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