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Understanding the Universe. In Conversation with the Astrophysicist Angel R...

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Instituto Cervantes Sydney

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This activity aims to bring the general public closer to the world of Astronomy and Astrophysics. For this we will count the Spanish astrophysicist Ángel R. López-Sánchez (Australian Astronomical Observatory and University of Macquarie), who will explain to us the work of an astrophysicist and what means these scientists use to carry out their research. During your presentation we will take a walk through the Cosmos (Solar System, search for exoplanets, Milky Way, galaxies) and clarify common concepts of the current Astrophysics (black holes, dark matter, dark energy) that help us understand how the Universe works.

About the lecturer:

Angel R. López Sánchez is a Spanish astrophysicist working at the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) and at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Macquarie University (MQ) in Sydney (Australia). His research is focused in the analysis of star formation phenomena in galaxies of the Local Universe, especially in dwarf starbursts and spiral galaxies. I’m using a multiwavelength approach and hence I combine ultraviolet, optical, infrared, and radio data to characterize the physical and chemical properties of galaxies and get a better understanding of the physical processes than govern their nature and evolution.


Originally from the city of Córdoba (Spain), he got his Physics Degree at the University of Granada in 2000 and his PhD Thesis at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias / La Laguna University (Tenerife, Spain) in 2006. Between 2007 and 2010 he worked at the CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (Australia Telescope National Facility), obtaining many radio and optical data of galaxies of the Local Volume. Part of his actual job is providing support to the Anglo-Australian Telescope.

There will be a Q&A session after the presentation.

Photograpy: Angel R. López-Sánchez

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