ann19017 — Announcement

A public talk on Galactic Archeology to celebrate Women in Astronomy

the event is organised by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

17 December 2019

On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) is organising its annual free event "Women in Astronomy" on 11 February 2020 at 19:00 at the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre

This year, the event will feature a presentation from Prof. Dr. Eva Grebel, Director of the Astronomical Computing Institute, Centre for Astronomy, University of Heidelberg on the topic of Galactic Archeology. The public talk will be delivered in the German language only. Before and after the lecture, the astronomy exhibition at the ESO Supernova will also be open to visitors, offering you the opportunity to talk to female scientists who are researching various topics in the field of astronomy. 

If you would like to attend, tickets are free, but you need to book a seat in advance at this link.

The lecture will reveal various ways to look back into the history of galaxies. Our Sun is part of the Milky Way, our home galaxy, along with over one hundred billion other stars. There are countless such galaxies, but how do they form? We can investigate the formation and evolution of galaxies over cosmic time periods in two ways. Firstly, we can observe distant galaxies back in time because their light takes billions of years to reach us. However, because of the great distances to these young galaxies, it is difficult to perceive details and we can only detect the brightest ones. Secondly, one can explore nearby galaxies (including our Milky Way) in much greater detail — even individual stars can be analysed. Stars of different ages serve as fossils of bygone eras and allow us to track different stages of galaxy evolution. In the Milky Way, the Gaia satellite currently plays an important role, as it is surveying more than a billion stars.

The programme starts at 18:00, with an exploration of the Living Universe exhibition. Explore, touch and use real astronomical artefacts and conduct experiments to get an idea of what it means to be an astronomer, to work in science, and to discover the mysteries of the Universe. The displays cover the topic of life in the Universe in the broadest sense. The exhibition connects visitors with topics that can seem very distant and abstract by focusing on the human–Universe connection, general astronomy, life in the Universe, and how we observe the Universe using ESO facilities. 

The lecture on Galactic Archeology by Prof. Dr. Eva Grebel will take place from 19:00 to 20:00. After the public talk, the exhibition will remain open to visitors for another hour.

The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) actively promotes equal opportunities for women and girls in science. The aim is to promote the share of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), where they are still underrepresented. 

The first “Women in Astronomy” event took place on 11 February 2019 and featured former ESO astronomer, Dr. Nadine Neumayer (MPIA Heidelberg). 

More Information

The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre

The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre is a cooperation between the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). The building is a donation from the Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), a German foundation, and ESO runs the facility.

Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics

The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) works on various topics in modern astrophysics, using mainly experimental but also theoretical methods. Its name was chosen to reflect its research — the physics of space — but also because of its research methods.

Many observations have to be carried out above the Earth’s dense atmosphere. These are complemented by instruments at ground-based observatories whenever possible. In central workshops, in-house staff build detectors, spectrometers, cameras and telescopes, as well as complete payloads for satellites. The observations are complemented by some experiments in laboratories and theoretical work.

The direct interaction of observers and experimenters under the same roof reinforces cooperation, improves the coordination of activities and often results in the early identification of promising new research directions through the interplay of hypotheses and new observations.



Tania Johnston
ESO Supernova Coordinator
Garching bei München, Germany

Oana Sandu
ESO Community Coordinator & Communication Strategy Officer
Tel: +49 89 320 069 65

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Poster for: MPE-Vortragsreihe: Frauen in der Astronomie 2020
Poster for: MPE-Vortragsreihe: Frauen in der Astronomie 2020