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We are well into the age of the next great space race, with space tourism the flavour of the day. Scientists can't (yet!) travel into the farthest reaches of the universe, instead they use a range of brilliant tools and methods to explore the space outside our own beautiful galaxy, the milky way. Dr Luiz Santiago Rodrigues shows us how scientists try to understand wht galaxies are made from and how these galaxies form before Dr Chris Hales helps us to explore the weak magnetic fields that can be found in the vast expanse in every galaxy, that can align compasses over enormous distances (Every...
Cosmic recipes: looking for the missing galactic ingredients.
Dr Luiz Santiago Rodrigues (Research Associate, Newcastle University)
What types of galaxies are there? How did they form? We will learn the main ingredients that go into models of galaxy formation and evolution, and see how we can put our ideas about star formation and even cosmology to a test by comparing the outcomes of these models with astronomical observations.
Magnetic fields in deep space
Dr Chris Hales (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, Newcastle University)
The vacuous depths of interstellar space (the space between hundreds of billions of stars that make up galaxies like our own Milky Way) are threaded with weak magnetic fields that can align compasses over enormous distances. Come and find out what galactic magnets look like, how astronomers detect them, and why they are an important ingredient in the cosmos.