Galaxy archaeology in the nearby Universe - Vancouver Astronomy January Meetup

  • January 14, 2010 · 7:30 PM
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Galaxy archaeology in the nearby Universe: unearthing artifacts of galaxy formation in our own backyard

Speaker: Alan McConnachie of the DAO

While there may be 400 billion or so galaxies in the Universe, there are only a handful that are close enough so that astronomers can study their individual stars. In this talk, I will discuss how precision observations of individual stars in our own Milky Way galaxy and our nearest large neighbor, Andromeda, are helping to shed light on important questions in cosmology and transform our understanding of what a galaxy actually is. How and when did galaxies form? How big are galaxies really? What and where is dark matter? And what is the ultimate fate for the Milky Way?

This is the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Vancouver monthly meeting and is shared with the general public at no charge.
We meet at 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, downstairs in the auditorium of the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.


Free Admission, Open to the public


Astro-coffee and astro-cookies will be served at the Southam Observatory after the meeting.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Last night's talk was fabulous. The speaker made a very complicated subject easy to understand, had a great presentation and held my interest right to the last second.

    I'll never look at the Andoromedea Galaxy the same again.

    January 15, 2010

  • Leigh Cummings

    A very enjoyable speaker to listen to. His subject matter was very interesting and his slide and video shows were top rate. I would travel to hear this talk again, and in fact he could have kept going and it wouldn't have bothered me at all.

    January 15, 2010

  • Martin Krzywinski

    Excellent talk. Great speaker.

    January 15, 2010

  • Andrew Bilawey

    My daughter and I enjoyed it. For a nine year old movies and pictures are a good thing. She got the gist of dwarf galaxies, collisions and the gravity of dark matter. Thanks!

    January 15, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful presentation!!

    January 15, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was the best astronomy meeting I've been to with the Vancouver Astronomy group, it blew my mind!! Get more inspired speakers (: WoW! And thanks!!

    January 14, 2010

  • Craig Breckenridge

    An excellent talk. We need to have this speaker again.

    January 14, 2010

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