Northwestern University

Fri 9:00 PM

CIERA Astronomer Evenings

When: Friday, May 25, 2018
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM  

Where: Dearborn Observatory, Room 23, 2131 Tech Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Gretchen Oehlschlager   847.467.1338

Group: CIERA - Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics

Category: Lectures & Meetings

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CIERA graduate students Alex Gurvich and Zach Hafen will host this month’s event. They will discuss their research related to galaxies, the universe, and invite guests to ask them any and all of their pressing astronomy questions!

The universe is the biggest thing there is in the... well... universe! We'll start from the small (Earth) and work our way up to the big, seeing all the greatest hits that the universe has to offer. We'll stop along the way to talk about our own galaxy and the space between stars (the interstellar medium), its surroundings (the circumgalactic medium), and its neighbors. We'll then move on to bigger pastures (the intergalactic medium) to finish off our journey and talk about the cosmic web, the large scale structure of the universe (which kind of looks like a sponge!). Understanding how the universe works on each of these scales is tough job and so we resort to running supercomputer simulations of "small" patches of the universe. These high-resolution computer simulations let us learn how the very large scales can affect the very small and how galaxies like our own Milky Way might've formed.

The talk is free and open to all! No reservation needed.

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