How the Milky Way was Formed

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Type: General Meetings

Keywords: Galaxy Milky Way Cosmology Big Bang

Held on: Mar 19, 2014 (Wed) at 07:30 PM to Mar 19, 2014 (Wed) at 09:30 PM

Speaker: Matt McQuinn

Location: Physics/Astronomy Auditorium (PAA), Room A118, Seattle, Washington

Event Coordinator: Christopher Laurel

We know that the spatial distribution of matter just after the Big Bang was nearly uniform, yet at the present day it is far from uniform.  We live in a galaxy that is much denser than most regions in the Universe—and in a very dense place within our galaxy. UW astrophysicist Matt McQuinn will describe the physically intuitive steps by which small matter fluctuations transformed into galaxies, stars, and planets. He'll show computer simulations which do a remarkable job at producing simulated galaxies that share many characteristics with our own Milky Way.
 

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Latitude 47.6529796, Longitude -122.3110046

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