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Heavy-element-bearing sheets of an exploding star's debris streaming into a cosmic dark matter halo.


simulation showing heavy-element-bearing sheets of an exploding star's debris

This simulation shows heavy-element-bearing sheets of an exploding star's debris streaming into the center of a cosmic dark matter halo. Upon arriving in the center, the streams will enable the formation of the first low-mass stars, when the universe was still only about 200 million years old.

Credit: Jeremy Ritter, Milos Milosavljevic, and Volker Bromm, the University of Texas at Austin.

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