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Starburst to Star Bust: Astronomers ID suspect behind dearth of high-mass galaxies.


A new study published in the journal Nature shows how vigorous star formation can turn the tables on a starburst galaxy by forcing hydrogen and other gases high into the surrounding galactic halo, leaving little fuel for the next generation of stars.

"Understanding how galaxies can evolve so radically and so dramatically is one of the hottest topics in astronomy today," said Dan Evans, NSF program officer. "This work will have far-reaching implications for our understanding of the evolution of the cosmos. The result also is a true testament to the partnerships forged over many years between the University of Maryland research team, NSF and its international partners in the ALMA Project.

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