Astronomy on Tap: Galaxies Near and Far

Have you ever wondered what the universe was like long ago, or far, far away? By finding the most distant galaxies in the universe, we can gain a window billions of years into the past and at the furthest reaches of observable space. Astronomers have used the Hubble Space Telescope to discover galaxies that are forming only 500 million years after the Big Bang. Learn from UCSC Professor Brant Robertson how those galaxies were discovered and all about the newest plans for using the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope to find yet earlier and more distant galaxies.

We'll also hear from UCSC Graduate Researcher Alexa Villaume about the exciting field of galactic archeology. Archeology is more than just an excuse for Harrison Ford to still have a film career! In the field of galactic archeology we don't dig through the refuse and remnants of old civilizations. We sift through the light of galaxies to reconstruct the 'stellar fossil record'. This helps us understand how the past shapes what galaxies look like today. Come learn about our galactic neighbors, how they differ from our own Milky Way, and why.

Come join the fun at New Bohemia Brewing with conversation, games, prizes, and beer! Our events are geared toward the general public, so please bring your curiosity, questions, and love for space. Astronomy on Tap is free of charge and open to anyone 21+.

Mingling starts at 6:00pm on the 2nd floor of New Bohemia. For more information about UCSC Astronomy events, please see our website or check out our Facebook page

Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 6:30pm

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