Scientists identify Milky Way's ancient building blocks Shakti and Shiva

March 23, 2024

WASHINGTON -- Astronomers have identified two ancient streams of stars - named after the Hindu deities Shakti and Shiva - that appear to be among the Milky Way's earliest building blocks, offering new insight into how our galaxy came together long ago. Shakti and Shiva are comprised of stars with similar chemical compositions that formed 12-13 billion years ago, the researchers said. Identifying the Shakti and Shiva structures has helped to bring the Milky Way's turbulent earliest stages into focus. The infant Milky Way is believed to have possessed an irregular form, with long filaments of gas, dust and stars coalescing and weaving together. "Ideally, we want to trace the formation and evolution of the Milky Way starting from the beginning of it until the present day - like playing a 13 billion-years-long movie.

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