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8/23/2011: 7:00 pm: Lecture on Milky Way and Galaxies @Science for the Public, Boston University

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Thursday, August 11, 2011 12:03 PM

Lecture on Milky Way and Galaxies @Science for the Public, Boston University
Tuesday, August 23,[masked]:00 PM


Boston University College of Arts & Sciences, Lecture Hall #522
725 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215


From the Science for the Public site:

" Elena D'Onghia, Keck Fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics:

"How do spiral galaxies like our Milky Way form?  Current theories favor the idea that large galaxies grow by swallowing neighboring dwarf galaxies.  During this process, the dwarf galaxies become severely distorted, producing streams of stars and gas.  The Magellanic Stream of gas and the stellar stream associated with the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy consist of debris torn from satellites have been interacting with other dwarfs or with the Milky Way in our Local group of galaxies.

"Using state-of-the-art simulations, Dr. D’Onghia demonstrates how spiral galaxies and their dwarf satellites form: how dwarf galaxies distort larger spiral galaxies when they pass in the proximity of galactic disks, yielding the magnificent spiral arms that we commonly observe in many disk galaxies like the Milky Way".

Location:  Boston University College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston: Lecture Hall #522 (*west end of bldg –that’s the far left end of building–by the MLK memorial & Marsh Plaza).

Where to Meet:

T.J. Maher will be waiting outside the lecture hall starting at 6:20 pm. Let's grab seats at 6:40 pm for this 7:00 pm lecture. Come join him if you wish to hang out! ... Does anyone know of a place right near the lecture hall where we could assemble beforehand starting at 5:45 pm to grab a bite to eat?

T.J. is 5 foot 7, with short brown hair, blue eyes, a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag, and red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag.

We can get together after the lecture for dinner and drinks right nearby. Any recommendations?

Please note : If you are only slightly interested and may or not go, please mention "MAYBE" on the RSVP. T.J. has the bad habit of not wanting to have the group sit down until everyone is there, and not wanting to leave anyone behind.

Can't make it until 6:45 pm? Running late? Let T.J. know on your RSVP so he can save you a seat with the group.



Public Transportation: Green Line “T” to BU Central (directly across from Marsh Plaza).

Parking: Parking is free at the CAS parking lot (Lot J ) after 6:30 PM, behind the CAS building; lot address is 240 Bay State Road.  The website says to disregard “permits only” after 6:30.

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