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This is a visualization that +John Wise+Sam Skillman and I made, in collaboration with +Mark Subbarao and the +Adler Planetarium.  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, +John Wise and +Mark Subbarao 
Simulation Credits for part one: +Matthew Turk, +J. S. Oishi, +Tom Abel and +Greg Bryan 

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

All simulations were conducted using the code Enzo ( ) and all visualization conducted with the analysis toolkit +yt ( ).  Both are freely available, open source and community developed.
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Oh wonderful. Great job guys! Love how sharp the shadows get and how one sees the instabilities of the shell driven by the supernovae.
No triggered star formation as had been argued by some! Makes it quite clear and obvious that the material was simply to diffuse to being with. 
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