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1 Our Galaxy Chapter 19 Lecture The Cosmic Perspective 19.1 The Milky Way Revealed What does our galaxy look like? What does our galaxy look like? How do stars orbit in our galaxy? Seventh Edition Our Galaxy Dusty gas clouds obscure our view because they absorb visible light. This is the interstellar medium that makes new star systems. We see our galaxy edge-on. Primary features: disk, bulge, halo, globular clusters All-Sky View If we could view the Milky Way from above the disk, we would see its spiral arms. How do stars orbit in our galaxy? Orbits of stars in the bulge and halo have random orientations. Stars in the disk all orbit in the same direction with a little up-and-down motion. Why do orbits of bulge stars bob up and down? Why do orbits of bulge stars bob up and down? A. They're stuck to interstellar medium. B. Gravity of disk stars pulls them toward the C. Halo stars knock them back into the A. They're stuck to interstellar medium. B. Gravity of disk stars pulls them toward the C. Halo stars knock them back into the Orbital Velocity Law The Sun's orbital motion (radius and velocity) tells us the mass within Sun's orbit: 2 That is kg! Or, 190,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000 kg. r v Mr = G MSun The orbital speed (v) and radius (r) of an object on a circular orbit around the galaxy tell us the mass (Mr) within that orbit.

2 19.2 Galactic Recycling How is gas recycled in our galaxy? What does our galaxy look like? Our galaxy consists of a disk of stars and gas, with a bulge of stars at the center of the disk, surrounded by a large spherical halo. How do stars orbit in our galaxy? Stars in the disk orbit in circles going in the same direction with a little up-and-down motion. Orbits of halo and bulge stars have random orientations. How is gas recycled in our galaxy? Where do stars tend to form in our galaxy? Star gas star cycle Recycles gas from old stars into new star systems. High-mass stars have strong stellar winds that blow bubbles of hot gas. A supernova remnant cools and begins to emit visible light as it expands. X rays from hot gas in supernova remnants reveal newly made heavy elements. New elements made by a supernova mix into the interstellar medium. Lower mass stars return gas to interstellar space through stellar winds and planetary nebulae. Radio emission in supernova remnants is from particles accelerated to near light speed. Multiple supernovae create huge hot bubbles that can blow out of the Gas clouds cooling in the halo can rain back down on the Cosmic rays probably come from supernovae. Atomic hydrogen gas forms as hot gas cools, allowing electrons to join with protons. Gas Cools Radiation from newly stars is eroding these starforming clouds. Molecular clouds in Orion Composition: Mostly H2 About 28% He About 1% CO Many other molecules Molecular clouds form next, after gas cools enough to allow atoms to combine into molecules. Summary of Galactic Recycling Gravity forms stars out of the gas in molecular clouds, completing the star gas star cycle. Stars make new elements by fusion. Dying stars expel gas and new elements, producing hot bubbles (~106 K). Hot gas cools, allowing atomic hydrogen clouds to form (~100 10,000 K). Further cooling permits molecules to form, making molecular clouds (~30 K). Gravity forms new stars (and planets) in molecular clouds. Where will the gas be in 1 trillion years? A. blown out of galaxy B. still recycling just like now C. locked into white dwarfs and low-mass stars

3 Where will the gas be in 1 trillion years? Radio (atomic hydrogen) Radio (CO) A. blown out of galaxy B. still recycling just like now C. locked into white dwarfs and low-mass stars We observe the star gas star cycle operating in Milky Way's disk using many different wavelengths of light. Infrared (dust) 21-cm radio waves emitted by atomic hydrogen show where gas has cooled and settled into Radio waves from carbon monoxide (CO) show the locations of molecular clouds. X-ray Infrared Gamma-ray Long-wavelength infrared emission shows where young stars are heating dust grains. Infrared light reveals stars whose visible light is blocked by gas clouds. X rays are observed from hot gas above and below the Milky Way's Gamma rays show where cosmic rays from supernovae collide with atomic nuclei in gas clouds. Where do stars tend to form in our galaxy? Reflection nebulae scatter the light from stars Ionization nebulae are found around short-lived high-mass stars, signifying active star formation. Why do reflection nebulae look bluer than the nearby stars? For the same reason that our sky is blue! Halo: no ionization nebulae, no blue stars no star formation What kinds of nebulae do you see in this photo? Much of the star formation in the disk happens in Much of the star formation in the disk happens in Spiral arms are waves of star formation. Ionization nebulae Blue stars Gas clouds Whirlpool Galaxy Whirlpool Galaxy Disk: ionization nebulae, blue stars star formation

4 Spiral arms are waves of star formation. 1. Gas clouds get squeezed as they move into spiral arms. 2. Squeezing of clouds triggers star formation. 3. Young stars flow out of spiral arms. How is gas recycled in our galaxy? Gas from dying stars mixes new elements into the interstellar medium, which slowly cools, making the molecular clouds where stars form. Those stars will eventually return much of their matter to interstellar space. Where do stars tend to form in our galaxy? Active star-forming regions contain molecular clouds, hot stars, and ionization nebulae. Much of the star formation in our galaxy happens in 19.3 The History of the Milky Way What clues to our galaxy's history do halo How did our galaxy form? What clues to our galaxy's history do halo Halo stars first, then stopped. Halo stars first, then stopped. Disk stars later, kept forming. How did our galaxy form? Our galaxy from a cloud of intergalactic gas. Halo stars first as gravity caused gas to contract. Remaining gas settled into a spinning Stars continuously form in disk as galaxy grows older The Mysterious Galactic Center Warning: This model is oversimplified! Stars continuously form in disk as galaxy grows older. Insert TCP 6e Figure Detailed studies show that halo stars in clumps that later merged. What clues to our galaxy's history do halo Halo stars are all old, with a smaller proportion of heavy elements than disk stars, indicating that the halo first. How did our galaxy form? Halo stars early in the galaxy's history; disk stars later, after much of the galaxy's gas settled into a spinning What lies in the center of our galaxy?

5 What lies in the center of our galaxy? Infrared light from center Radio emission from center Radio emission from center Swirling gas near center Swirling gas near center Orbiting stars near center Stars appear to be orbiting something massive but invisible a black hole? Orbits of stars indicate a mass of about 4 million M Sun. Insert TCP 6e Figure X-ray flares from galactic center suggest that tidal forces of suspected black hole occasionally tear apart chunks of matter about to fall in. What lies in the center of our galaxy? Orbits of stars near the center of our galaxy indicate that it contains a black hole with 4 million times the mass of the Sun.

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Galaxies The Neighbors Looking outward from the Sun s location in the Milky Way, we can see a variety of other galaxies: Small Magellanic Cloud (Digital Sky Survey) Large Magellanic Cloud (credit: Eckhard

### Where do Stars Form?

Where do Stars Form? Coldest spots in the galaxy: T ~ 10 K Composition: Mainly molecular hydrogen 1% dust EGGs = Evaporating Gaseous Globules ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1995/95-190.txt Slide