Surprises in the Cosmos
Speaker: Dr. Ángel R. López-Sánchez
Let's take a journey from the deep Universe to our home planet. Our travel will start far away from the Earth, in galaxy clusters containing tens of thousands of galaxies and located more than 10 billion light years from us. We will see how galaxies formed and how we think our Milky Way and it's neighbours have evolved in time. Once in our Galaxy we will have a look to some remarkable objects: star-forming regions, star clusters and nebulae that are the remnants of dead stars. Finally, we will reach the Solar System and have a look to the planets and the dwarf planets that orbit the Sun. We will also visit comets and asteroids, explain their origin and emphasis how the study of such bodies allow scientist to get a better understanding in the formation of the Sun and the planets around 4.7 billion years ago. We will finish the journey in our planet visiting some of the most important astronomical observatories of the Earth.
Ángel R. López-Sánchez is a Spanish astrophysicist working at the Australian Astronomical Observatory and Macquarie University since 2011. His research is focused on star formation and galaxy evolution using multiwavelength data. He received his PhD at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC, Spain) in 2006. Between 2007 and 2010 he worked at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (Sydney). He is also an active amateur astronomer and very committed to outreach. He has 2 blogs about Astronomy, one in Spanish ("El Lobo Rayado", which was started in 2003,) and another in English (since 2012, "The Lined Wolf").