Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics
Small galaxies likely played important role in evolution of the UniverseStudy found evidence of the first-ever galaxy in a “blow-away” state
The next MIfA Public Lecture will be presented in Fall 2021 by Professor Michael Coughlin.
Date: Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 from 7 PM-8 PM
Venue: Coffman Memorial Union Theater (We will be broadcasting through Zoom as well)
New Science from Merging Neutron Stars
From the generation of gold to the expansion rate of the Universe: With the detection of compact binary coalescences and their electromagnetic counterparts by gravitational-wave detectors, a new era of multi-messenger astronomy has begun. In this talk, Professor Coughlin will describe how GW170817, our first example in this new class, is being used to study a diverse variety of dense matter in the Universe and how fast the Universe is expanding. He will then discuss how we are using telescopes to look for more of them and developing models to test what we find. Professor Coughlin will close with future prospects for this new field.
Fall 2021 Universe @ Home events TBD. Past events can be watched on the Universe @ Home Youtube Channel.
Photo credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Leroy, K.S. Long