Podcaster: Rob Sparks. Guest: Eric Peng
Title: The Origins Of Ultra Compact Dwarf Galaxies
NOIRLab Press Release: https://noirlab.edu/public/news/noirlab2330/
Astronomers using the Gemini North telescope have captured the eroding remains of more than 100 dwarf galaxies as they transition into ultra-compact dwarf galaxies, objects with masses much greater than star clusters yet much smaller than dwarf galaxies. In this podcast, NOIRLab’s Eric Peng discusses what these galaxies tell us about the formation of ultra compact dwarf galaxies.
Bio: Rob Sparks is in the Communications, Education and Engagement group at NSF’s NOIRLab in Tucson, Arizona.
Eric Peng is an Astronomer at NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NOIRLab), where he studies the evolution of nearby galaxies, and is Project Scientist for NOIRLab’s US Extremely Large Telescope Program (US-ELTP). As part of the US-ELTP, he is working to make the next generation of large, optical-infrared ground-based telescopes a reality, and accessible to all.
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