The April 6 meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on distant galaxies.
Talk Title: The Most Distant Galaxies in the Universe: What we know, and what the James Webb Space Telescope will tell us
Speaker: Dr Adam Muzzin York University
The combined power of infrared observatories both in space and from the ground has allowed us to observe extraordinarily distant galaxies. Some of the most distant are observed just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, when the universe was merely 2% of its current age. Dr. Muzzin will talk about what what observatories like the Hubble Space Telescope have shown us about these exotic young galaxies. He will also introduce the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA's $9 billion dollar IR-optimized successor to Hubble. Now is an exciting time, as JWST is preparing for launch in Oct 2018. The primary mission of this extremely powerful telescope is to show us the first stars forming in the first galaxies. He will present what we think those very young galaxies might look like.
Adam Muzzin is an assistant professor at York University in Toronto. His research focusses on galaxy formation and evolution, particularly the high-redshift universe. Most of his work is on how distant galaxies form and evolve, and how that evolution is related to their larger scale environment. Due to the redshifting of light, studies of distant galaxies almost always involve infrared observations.
The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto,Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building. The meeting is open to the public and is free.
Enter off of Mississauga Road. Park in lot 4 or the parkade, across from the fitness centre south of theDavis Building. Enter through the Fitness centre, walk up the stairs untilyou reach the main corridor then turn right. (If you need an elevator,follow the corridor to the right of the stairs, then go up to the mainfloor.) Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room. Directions
Post meeting plans: we usually continue the discussion post-meeting at a local bar – please join us!