Galaxies are some of the most fascinating objects in the Universe — massive, complex structures made from gas, dust, and stars. Working out how galaxies form and evolve is one of the most interesting problems in modern astronomy. Particularly interesting are the so-called ‘red and dead’ galaxies: unusually massive and inactive galaxies, whose star formation 'growth spurt’ ended many billions of years ago. Like dinosaur fossils, these giant dead galaxies littering the Universe give us a clue that there had to be particularly extreme galaxies in the past to leave behind such massive remains. But where are these enormous ancient galaxies? I will discuss the quest to find the Universe’s most extreme galaxies — the… monsters in the dark.
Matt is currently the Astronomy Outreach Assistant at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge. He obtained his Masters degree at the University of Southampton, while carrying out research at the Harvard Center For Astrophysics. He then returned to the UK in 2007, completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2011. After a year working as a researcher at the University of Arizona, he returned to the UK in 2012, as a postdoctoral researcher in the Astrophysics department of the University of Cambridge. Matt is an observational astronomer, who uses a range of state-of-the-art observing facilities to study the evolution of galaxies across cosmic time.
— This is a free and non-ticketed event.
Doors open at 18:45 so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Starts at 19:00 and finish around 20:30.
Drinks and snacks will be available to purchase from the cafe.