How the Milky Way Shaped Itself

How the Milky Way Shaped Itself

Event Name How the Milky Way Shaped Itself
Start Date 28 Feb 2017

Hans-Walter Rix

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.

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