We identify a simulated Milky Way analog in the eagle suite of cosmological hydrodynamical simulations. This galaxy not only shares similar global properties as the Milky Way, but was specifically selected because its merger history resembles that currently known for the Milky Way. In particular we find that this Milky Way analog has experienced its last significant merger (with a stellar mass ratio ∼0.2) at z ∼ 1.2. We show that this merger affected both the dynamical properties of the stars present at the time, contributing to the formation of a thick disk, and also leading to a significant increase in the star formation rate of the host. This object is thus particularly suitable for understanding the early evolutionary history of the Milky Way. It is also an ideal candidate for re-simulation with much higher resolution, as this would allow addressing a plethora of interesting questions such as, for example, the specific distribution of dark matter near the Sun.
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- Astronomía y astrofísica
- Ciencias planetarias y espacial