At 7:30 PM, 11 September 2015, at the Sunshine Coast Art Centre, 5714 Medusa St., Sechelt, our speaker for the Sunshine Coast Centre of the RASC will be Dr. Sara Ellison, Professor at the University of Victoria.
Dr. Ellison’s Topic will be “Galaxy Mergers in the Nearby Universe”:
Despite the emptiness of space, mergers between galaxies are surprisingly common. Around 1% of galaxies in the nearby Universe are currently experiencing an interaction of some kind. will describe research that uses both observations and computer simulations to trace the dramatic effect of these interactions on a galaxy’s history: how the interaction can lead to massive bursts of star formation, alter the interstellar chemistry and even provide fuel for the central super-massive black hole.
Donations are gratefully accepted at the door.