AoT Leiden, Monday 24th September @ Grand Café de Burcht

Our next edition will take place on Monday 24th of September at 20h in Grand Cafe De Burcht (Burgsteeg 14, 2312 JS Leiden). Join us for an evening of informal astronomy and great beer! Graduate student Leindert Boogaard and Dr. Ken Duncan will tell us about distant galaxies at the beginning of the Universe, and how colours help us understand the cosmos!

Leindert Boogaard is a PhD student at Leiden Observatory. His work revolves around the formation and evolution of galaxies. Right now, most of his time is spent looking at galaxies in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, one of the deepest images of the universe, with some of the biggest telescopes around the world. In this talk, he will tell us about the formation of stars in these distant galaxies, and the fuel (cool gas) that is needed for it.

Ken Duncan is a post-doctoral researcher at Leiden Observatory. Ken’s primary work focuses on studying the formation of galaxies and super-massive black holes in the early Universe using the dutch radio telescope LOFAR. However, to learn about these objects we need to know precisely how far away they are, Ken spends a lot of his time worrying about how to do this for millions of galaxies at a time. In his talk, Ken will illustrate the power of colours in revealing the physical processes at play out in the cosmos. By mapping the relation between the colours of galaxies and their distance from us, we can even explore the nature of the Universe itself.

All ages and backgrounds welcome! The entry is free and no reservation is needed. We start at 20h but recommend you arrive early to save a seat and grab a drink. And of course, beside the talks, we will have fun games where you can win cool science prizes! More info: check out www.astronomyontap.nl!

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