Using the Fiber-Multi-Object Spectrograph (FMOS) mounted on the Subaru Telescope, a team of astronomers participating in the Cosmological Evolution Survey (COSMOS) has found that galaxies, over nine billion years ago, provided a nurturing environment for the birth of new stars at remarkable rates while doing so in an orderly manner.
“FMOS has clearly revolutionized our ability to study how galaxies form and evolve across cosmic time,” says David Sanders, the principal investigator of the FMOS-COSMOS project at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa’s Institute for Astronomy. “It is currently the most powerful instrument we have to study the large numbers of objects needed to understand galaxies of all sizes, shapes and masses — from the largest ellipticals to the smallest dwarfs.”
Source: The Institute for Astronomy
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