RASC Regular Meeting Mar 13, 2017 Stellar Clusters: The Benchmarks of Galaxies

RASC Regular Meeting
TELUS World of Science – Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre
FREE and open to the public.

7:00 PM Pre-meeting mix and mingle.
7:30 PM Guest Speaker

Erik Rosolowsky
Stellar Clusters: The Benchmarks of Galaxies

Star cluster  Westerlund 2 (Hubble)

Star clusters are a favourite deep sky object for observers, but clusters also play a vital role in astrophysics.  Because all the stars in clusters are formed at the same time, they serve as essential tools for galactic archaeology and surveying.  In this talk, I will describe the cosmic life and times of clusters and present some of the ways that astrophysicists use clusters.  Finally, I will describe why we think that our Sun formed in a cluster and the search for stars from our old neighbourhood.



Dr Erik Rosolowsky is an associate professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Alberta. He completed his BA at Swarthmore College, and his MA and PhD at University of California Berkeley. His research focuses on the connections between star formation and galaxy structure and evolution. He primarily observes star-forming regions using radio telescopes.