Oxford Physics Colloquia Series - Understanding our Galaxy

9 Feb 2018 - 3:30pm
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU

Oxford Physics Colloquia Series

The lectures will be given at 3.30pm on Fridays in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road. Tea will be served in the Physics Common Room at 4.30 pm.

All are welcome to attend.

Prof James Binney, University of Oxford
Understanding our Galaxy

The Sun is just one of 100 billion stars in our Galaxy, and stars are thought to contain only 5% of the mass of the Galaxy's mass. Within the visible Universe there are over ten billion galaxies like ours, and these galaxies currently dominate the cosmic star-formation rate. A huge international effort is underway to understand how our Galaxy is structured, works as a machine and came into being. From a location 2 million km from Earth the European Space Agency's satellite Gaia is monitoring the motion of a billion stars and telescopes on 6 continents are taking spectra of millions of stars to determine their masses, ages and chemical compositions. Theorists are synthesizing all these observations into a working model of the Galaxy and using this model to figure out how a galaxy like ours assembles from the debris of the Big Bang.

Followed by tea/coffee in the Clarendon Laboratory Common Room

*The previously advertised colloquium by Prof Albert Fert has been postponed until MT18 due to personal circumstances.*

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For more information on the colloquia series please contact Niamh.Coll@physics.ox.ac.uk
Details of colloquiums taking place in TT17 can be viewed on the Physics website