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The First Star: Birth through Death

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Published on Jul 24, 2012

This visualization was prepared from simulations of the birth, life, and death of the very first star in the Universe. These stars were likely very massive, between 30 and 300 times the mass of our sun, and lived brief lives before enriching their surroundings with heavy elements.

The first portion of the movie is a zoom outward from one of these stars just before it is born, starting with a field of view approximately 100 times the distance the earth to the sun and ending with a field of view about the size of our galaxy. The second portion shows the evolution of this star during its lifetime, ending with its death and explosion.

Visualization Credits for part one: Matthew Turk, Sam Skillman and John Wise, Mark SubbaRao
Simulation Credits for part one: Matthew Turk, Jeff Oishi, Tom Abel, Greg Bryan

Visualization Credits for part two: John Wise, Sam Skillman, Matthew Turk, Mark SubbaRao
Simulation Credits for part two: John Wise, Britton Smith, Brian O'Shea

All simulations were conducted using the code Enzo ( http://enzo-project.org/ ) and all visualization conducted with the analysis toolkit yt ( http://yt-project.org/ ). Both are freely available, open source and community developed.

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