Podcster: Rob Sparks. Guest: Joan Najita

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Title: Galactic Immigration In The Andromeda Galaxy

Organization: NOIRLab

Links: ; ; ; @NOIRLabAstro

NOIRLab Press Release:


Galaxies grow through mergers with other galaxies. Astronomers can uncover evidence of this in our galaxy by mapping the motions of stars. Using the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) on the Nicholas U. Mayall Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory, astronomers have studied the merger history of the Andromeda Galaxy for the first time. In this podcast, Joan Najita describes this study and what we have learned about the immigration history of the Andromeda Galaxy.

Bio: Rob Sparks is in the Communications, Education and Engagement group at NSF’s NOIRLab in Tucson, Arizona

Joan Najita is an Astronomer at NOIRLab, the National Science Foundation’s research and development center for ground-based optical-infrared astronomy. While her research is primarily aimed at understanding how stars form from interstellar clouds and how disks surrounding young stars evolve to produce planets and the chemical ingredients of life, she has a broad range of research interests, including massively multiplexed wide-field spectroscopy, low mass stars and brown dwarfs, the structure and origin of our galaxy, the Milky Way, the nature of discovery in astronomy and its science sociology and resource allocation practices. She is actively engaged in communicating science to the public and has a lifelong interest in the power of science to inspire and in the role of science in society.

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