Building galaxies in the office

Interactive talk as part of the Summer Science Exhibition 2014. This event is repeated Friday 4 July and Saturday 5 July 2014.

Galaxy image- NASA

Event details

If you have ever looked up at the sky on a clear night, you may have asked yourself: “Where did the Milky Way come from?”. This question has fascinated humans for thousands of years and lies at the heart of modern astronomy. Remarkably, we now know that many of the stars in the Milky Way actually originated in other galaxies which were consumedby our own Galaxy during its billions of years of evolution.

Join Dr. Mark Wilkinson as he explores what we know (and what we don’t know) about how a cosmic soup of dark matter, gas and dust produced the magnificent range of stars and galaxies that we see in the Universe today. Along the way he will show how astronomers are using the world’smost powerful telescopes and computers to answer questions such as: What happens when galaxies collide? How do supermassive black holes grow? And what can juggling teach us about astronomy?

Dr Mark Wilkinson is a Royal Society Research Fellow at the University of Leicester. His research is currently focussed on dark matter, the invisible substance whose gravity holds galaxies together. He uses a combination of telescope observations and computer simulations to dissect the Milky Way and other nearby galaxies and use them as probes of the history of the Universe. He is co-chair of the DiRAC High Performance Computing facility for theoretical astrophysics, particle physics and cosmology in the UK. He is regularly invited to give public lectures about astronomy, and also organises interactive workshops in schools.

This event is suitable for adults and children 14 years old and over.

Attending this event

This event is free to attend and open to all. No tickets are required. Doors open at 2.15pm and seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Enquiries: Contact the events team

Building galaxies in the office 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK

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  • The interaction of fire and mankind 14 September 2015 at The Royal Society, London Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Andrew Scott, Professor William Chaloner FRS, Professor Claire Belcher and Dr Chris Roos
  • The interaction of fire and mankind - further discussion 16 September 2015 at The Royal Society at Chicheley Hall, home of the Kavli Royal Society International Centre, Buckinghamshire Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Andrew Scott, Professor William Chaloner FRS, Dr Claire Belcher and Professor Chris Roos
  • Open House Weekend 2015 19 September 2015 at The Royal Society, London The Royal Society's building will be open to the public on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September 2015.

For more events please see the events diary.

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