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Archeology with Stars: Unraveling the History of the Milky Way | The Summer Sessions


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How do we reshape our story about the Milky Way (and beyond)?

How do galaxies evolve? What was the history of the Milky Way? And how do we create our story about it? Professor in this lecture,…

How do we reshape our story about the Milky Way (and beyond)?

How do galaxies evolve? What was the history of the Milky Way? And how do we create our story about it? Professor in this lecture, Amina Helmi - professor of Dynamics, Structure and Evolution of the Milky Way at the Kapteyn Institute of the University of Groningen - takes you back to the time when the Milky Way itself was still young. There are many billions of galaxies like the Milky Way in the universe. In that sense, our galaxy is not special, but it is the galaxy we know best because we can study it in much more detail than other galaxies. Thanks to numerous new instruments and studies made possible by the ESA space mission Gaia , this extra-terrestrial quest is currently booming. The mission maps the Milky Way in great detail, revolutionizing our understanding of the Milky Way. Using all this new information, we can reshape our story of the Milky Way's formation and conduct a sort of "galactic archaeology," as it were. Professor Helmi shows you which finds come up when you dig in space and time.

This lecture is in English and is organized in collaboration with Studium Generale Leeuwarden and Studium Generale Groningen. Admission is free, but do book your ticket in time.

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Wed Sept 8 | 8:00 PM

Westerkerk | Price: free (ticket reservation required) | Language: English

About Amina Helmic

Professor Amina Helmi is professor of Dynamics, Structure and Evolution of the Milky Way at the Kapteyn Institute of the University of Groningen. Since her arrival in Groningen in 2003, she has rapidly developed into one of the most successful young astronomers in the world. Her love for the stars led her to become known worldwide as the founder and pioneer of Galactic Archaelogy, the study of the origin and evolution of our own Milky Way and the other galaxies in the universe.

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