How the Milky Way Shaped Itself
|Event Name||How the Milky Way Shaped Itself|
|Start Date||28 Feb 2017|
Colloquia: Hans-Walter Rix, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
The Milky Way is the only galaxy we can see star-by-star in 3D. This unique wealth of information makes our galaxy an ideal model organism to test our overall concepts of galaxy formation and evolution. Over the last years, new spectroscopic surveys have allowed us to measure the detailed abundances (=birth-material composition) and ages of stars throughout the Galactic disk. I will aim at providing (current) answers to these questions, and sketch out briefly my view of what is yet to come with the unprecedented data from the Gaia satellite mission.