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What is the Milky Way?

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19:30 – 21:30 4 Mar 2014
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Large Lecture Theatre, Poynting Physics Building, School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Birmingham, B15 2TT

Speakers: Prof Gerry Gilmore, University of Cambridge

We can all look at the Milky Way (street lights permitting) but what is it that we see? How far away are the stars? How big is everything? How fast are stars moving? Are there really lots of potentially killer asteroids? What else is out there that doesn't shine? Where did it all come from?

The European Space Agency satellite Gaia, to be launched in late 2013, will give us the first ever 3-dimensional census of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, and provide answers to those questions - and more. Gerry Gilmore leads the UK Gaia programme, and will introduce the science, the satellite, and explain how school classes will be involved in
original astrophysical research to explain Gaia's discoveries.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Sponsored by: IOP West Midlands & Physics Teachers’ Centre
Organised by: IOP West Midlands & Physics Teachers’ Centre
Contact details: All are welcome to attend.

Please note that tea and coffee will be provided from 7 pm in the Tea Room of the Poynting building.

Lynne Long -  l.long@bham.ac.uk

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/physics/outreach/index.aspx


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