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Join us on a journey from the big bang to the pint in your hand and adventure through the complex cosmic history that has brought us to where we are today. Learn about massive galactic events that continue to shape the universe, while you get up close and personal with the sun through our interactive VR experience!
From the big bang to your pint
Oriana Tejo Alvarez (Animal and Plant Sciences)
Most of us have enjoyed a pint in the warm summer on a Friday after work. But, have you ever wonder what the story behind your pint is? The answer is not your favourite brewery. Instead, it is a complex story that began with the formation of the universe and the elements: The big bang. During this talk, we will travel through the story of the universe, from its first seconds after the big bang to this exact moment when you are holding your pint.
The wonderful world of galaxy mergers
Jonny Pierce (Physics and Astronomy)
Stars are big, but galaxies are huge: on average, they are built up of a population of stars comparable to the total number of humans that has ever existed. Throughout cosmic history, galaxy mergers have played a fundamental role in shaping the Universe that we know today. But what actually happens when these monstrous structures collide? In this talk, I will take you on a tour through a galaxy merger, and outline the drastic consequences it has on its participants.
Black holes: invisible regulators of the universe
Dr Emmanuel Bernhard (Physics and Astronomy)
Galaxy evolution is one of the hottest topic in modern astronomy. One might think that the Universe is quite steady and boring. The reality is that galaxies have experienced episodes of extreme violent changes, such as the merging of two of them. This can affect the entire fate of the galaxy. One of the crucial aspect that remains to be understood is the role of their central super massive black hole. During this talk I will cover all these aspects, present our current understanding and show what are the next challenges.