College of Science

SEMINAR: Nia Imara [Harvard University]

The Environments of Stellar Nurseries

Nov 5, 2015 11:00 AM to Nov 5, 2015 12:00 PM at Building 8, Room 241

Nia Imara in pink

All stars are observed to form in giant molecular clouds (GMCs). Thousands of these "stellar nurseries" exist in the Milky Way and other galaxies, and astronomers would like to understand how they form and evolve. Composed mostly of molecular gas, the biggest of these objects are nearly a million times as massive as the Sun, and they influence the evolution of our Galaxy and others. In this presentation, I will give an overview of the properties of these star-forming structures and discuss how astronomers use radio observations to determine their properties. Attention will also be paid to the kinematic signatures of GMCs and the atomic gas that surrounds them, which may provide clues into how they formed. 

10:50 a.m. Refreshments

11:00 a.m. Seminar

Building 8 - Room 241

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