"From Near to Far: Exploring How Stars Form and Galaxies Evolve"
How do stars and galaxies form? Surprisingly, there is a lot about these processes that is still unknown! To shed some light on these mysteries, we will take a look at star clusters in our local neighborhood and then travel to distant galaxies billions of lightyears away. We will learn about how massive stars' turbulent shockwaves impact star formation in their environments and locate the missing matter in faraway galaxies to see what it can tell us about their pasts and futures. How did our universe get to its current state? Let’s find out together!
Bio: Abby Mintz is a senior at Yale University studying astrophysics and statistics. She is passionate about researching the origins of stars and galaxies, which she had a wonderful time doing as an MMA Astronomy Intern in the Summer of 2019. She has since conducted research on the turbulent conditions of star forming regions at the Harvard and Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and continued her MMA research on the evolution of distant galaxies at the Space Telescope Science Institute. She believes that the best part of researching the cosmos is sharing the results with others and is looking forward to bringing the wonders of space to the MMA speaker series!