Astronomy Talk: Exploring Galaxies and Beyond

Guest Speaker:

Lauren Corlies

Deputy Head of Education and Public Outreach

Vera C. Rubin Observatory

Galaxies turn gas into giant collections of stars that light up the universe.  This simple statement of what happens with galaxies like our own leads to deeper questions of how this happens:  How does gas flow into galaxies?  How do stars help return this gas to the universe?  How does this process evolve as the universe gets older?  And ultimately how do we, as people with telescopes and computers, explore the answers to these questions?  In this talk, Dr. Corlies will present how we use our understanding of astronomy and supercomputers to build simulated galaxies to try to answer these questions.  She will show how these models provide predictions for telescopes to test and how they help design telescopes for the future.


W. M. Keck Observatory wishes to offer our deepest gratitude to our Astronomy Talk Series sponsors, Rob and Terry Ryan.