Session 1: 10am Friday, 5 february
WHEN GALAXIES COLLIDE
Once upon a time we thought the Universe was static and unchanging. These days of course, we know differently. The whole Universe is in motion and, from time to time, galaxies pass too close to each other and gravity takes over; the results are often spectacular. Join us for a tour of the universe as we look at what galaxies are made of, take a bird's-eye view of our own Milky Way, then look at what happens when gravity becomes irresistible, and ending with a sneak preview of our own galaxy's distant future.
About Megan Argo
Dr Megan Argo is an astrophysicist and science communicator, currently based at the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics where she studies galaxies and works with e-MERLIN, the UK's network of radio telescopes. She has worked in the UK, Australia and the Netherlands, been lucky enough to observe with some of the best radio telescopes on the planet, and has given public lectures around the world. She is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, on the organising committee for IAU Commission C2 Communicating Astronomy with the Public, a member of the Institute of Physics, an honorary member of Macclesfield Astronomical Society, and a council member of both the Society for Popular Astronomy and the International Meteor Organisation.