In order to understand where we came from, scientists start by exploring why galaxies are born, how they grow up, and why they die.
We live in a galaxy, and the life cycle of every galaxy is quite a story, always with these three phases. It is easy to *see* galaxies in each phase, but without better understanding of star formation and how gas is turned into stars, we will never know WHY they age, and why they die.
For over 50 years, astronomers have been manually measuring and modeling star formation, but future understanding depends on analyzing more data from larger net generation telescopes. In the absence of the ability to utilize the amount of data necessary to measure star formation, theorists have relied instead on models that are often compelling, but unconfirmed.
All of that is about to change.
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