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Baby Galaxies, The First Steps Toward the Milky Way - An Inquiring Minds Lecture

- This event sponsored by The School of Physics at Georgia Tech as part of their Inquiring Minds Series and is free and open to the public.
- The Clough Commons is located immediately behind the Georgia Tech Library. Consult this webpage for directions and parking options.
- Word has it that the Peters Parking Lot (E52 on this JPEG map) is free starting at 5:35 pm.

Baby Galaxies, The First Steps Toward the Milky Way - An Inquiring Minds Lecture at Georgia Tech

John Wise, Assistant Professor
School of Physics
Georgia Institute of Technology

Our Milky Way is a beautiful spiral galaxy and has been constantly growing since the beginning of time. How did the ancestors of the Milky Way form and look in the first billion years of the universe? Before galaxies form, isolated massive stars ignite from primordial gas composed of only hydrogen and helium. They forever changed the cosmic landscape by heating their surroundings and enriching the universe with the first heavy elements. These events spark the era of galaxy formation, where dwarf galaxies assemble first and then merge together to form larger and larger galaxies. Observations from the Hubble Space Telescope are just now uncovering these baby galaxies, and a wealth of information will come from the James Webb Space Telescope, due to launch in 2018. Supercomputer simulations of galaxy formation are vital to interpret these data and to learn about our cosmic origins.

In this talk, John Wise, Assistant Professor of Physics at Georgia Tech, will present the latest results of supercomputer simulations that reveal the sequence of events that lead to the birth of the first galaxies in the universe.

Photo: Baby galaxy I Zwicky 18, only 500 million years old (Hubble Space Telescope)

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  • Kim C.

    I felt like I, too, had trouble keeping up and following ... But I had attributed it to my rudimentary knowledge of astrophysics. The stunning animation visuals more than made up for the graphs that I could not grasp, though :)

    November 19, 2013

    • Marc M.

      Kim - For what it's worth, I have more than a rudimentary knowledge of astrophysics and I had trouble keeping up, too. - Marc

      1 · November 19, 2013

  • Barry H.

    Enjoyed the talk. Visuals were great. My favorite was the nighttime views of the approaching Andromeda galaxy. Overall, a lot of new material for me at a fast pace, so I had trouble at times interpreting the graphs. Any suggestions on complementary reading material (books, etc.) covering the early history of the universe?

    1 · November 19, 2013

  • Bill E.

    Beautiful models. Lecture was hard to follow.

    1 · November 19, 2013

  • michael h.

    presentation a bit difficult

    1 · November 19, 2013

  • Kim C.

    great visuals and informative lecture. The only thing missing was an Explosions in the Sky soundtrack.

    1 · November 18, 2013

  • Kim C.

    This will be my first of these lectures. Whats the deal with parking? Thanks

    November 18, 2013

    • Marc M.

      Kim - The options for parking are at the top of the event description. Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time if you are not familiar with the Georgia Tech campus. - Marc

      November 18, 2013

  • Marc M.

    For those interested in a drink or a bite to eat, look for me after the talk - I'll be wearing a bright green bike jacket. A place that I have in mind is the Barrel House Pub located nearby in Technology Square. (See map below.)

    Other destinations are a possibility, but I may need a ride for myself and my bicycle. - Marc

    November 18, 2013

  • Brad

    I may be there with my two kids.

    1 · November 3, 2013

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