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Eminent Science 2012 - When Galaxies Collide

Curtin University - Science Outreach

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (AWST)

Bentley, WA

Eminent Science 2012 - When Galaxies Collide

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EMINENT SCIENCE SPEAKER

You are invited to participate in an inspiring presentation by

Professor Richard de Grijs 

Associate Director - Kavli Institute for Astronomy & Astrophyics

Peking University

 

When Galaxies Collide

Studying galactic interactions is like sifting through the forensic evidence at a crime scene. Astronomers wade through the debris of a violent encounter, collecting clues so that they can reconstruct the celestial crime to determine when it happened.

Take the case of Messier 82, a small, nearby galaxy that long ago bumped into its larger neighbour Messier 81. When did this violent encounter occur?

New infrared and visible light pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope reveal for the first time important details of large clusters of stars which arose from the interaction.

The presentation focuses on the train wrecks resulting from galaxy collisions and the implications for us in the Milky Way.

The Speaker: Prof. Richard de Grijs studied at the University of Groningen, Netherlands, and held positions at the University of Virginia, USA and the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge, UK and the University of Sheffield, UK.

Since 2009 he has worked as a Professor at the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University where he is currently the Associate Director.

Richard has been scientific editor of The Astrophysical Journal for many years; he recently took on the role of Deputy Editor in Chief of The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Prof. Richard de Grijs' research has moved from the structure and evolution of galaxies to topics related to the evolution and dynamics of dense, massive star clusters and more recently to the astronomical distance scale.

Audience: This is a public event. Curtin staff and students are also welcome to attend.

Date: 10 October 2012

Time: 6.30pm - 8.00pm (please arrive by 6.15pm)

Location: Curtin University -  Kent Street Bentley

Venue:  Lance Twomey Lecture Theatre, Building 408, Bentley campus

Cost: Free

To book: visit http://whengalaxiescollide.eventbrite.com.au

Questions? Contact Bernice Roche - Science Outreach on (08) 9266 7168 scienceoutreach@curtin.edu.au

Supported by ICRAR (International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research)  and Curtin University

www.icrar.org

www.science.curtin.edu.au/outreach

    


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CURTIN UNIVERSITY Lance Twomey Lecture Theatre, Building 408 Room 1019
Kent St
Bentley, WA 6102
Australia

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (AWST)


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