Matching the local and cosmic star formation histories

Igor Drozdovsky*, Andrew Hopkins, Antonio Aparicio, Carme Gallart

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Given the many recent advances in our understanding of the star formation history (SFH) of the Local Group and other nearby galaxies, and in the evolution of star formation with redshift, we present a new comparison of the comoving space density of the star formation rate as a function of look-back time for the Local and Distant Universe. We update the Local SFH derived from the analysis of resolved stellar populations (“fossil records”) in individual nearby galaxies, based on our own estimates as well as available in the literature. While the preliminary comparison of SFHs is found to be broadly consistent, the detailed discrepancies still remain, including excess of the Local SFR density in the most recent epoch.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGalaxies in the local volume
EditorsH. Jerjen, Bärbel Silvia Koribalski
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781402069338
ISBN (Print)9781402069321
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventGalaxies in the Local Volume symposium, 2007 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 8 Jul 200713 Jul 2007

Publication series

NameAstrophysics and space science proceedings


ConferenceGalaxies in the Local Volume symposium, 2007


  • Star Formation
  • Local Group
  • Stellar Population
  • Dwarf Galaxy
  • Nearby Galaxy


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