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Cosmic Musings - The Life of Galaxies: from a turbulent Birth to a (silent) Death
June 18th, 2018 7:30pm
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The world’s best telescopes allow scientists to peer into the darkness of the early universe to study the formation of the first galaxies only 500 million years after the Big Bang. In the wealth of data are large samples of galaxies across billions of years of cosmic time - from the Big Bang to today. These samples allow scientists to follow the average properties of the first galaxies over time, study the evolution of these galaxies, and answer major questions in astrophysics such as: What types of galaxies do exist? How do they grow? How do they form their stars? Why do they suddenly stop forming stars and become massive dead galaxies?


Join Friends Of The Observatory for the next Cosmic Musings presentation to explore the possible answers and learn more from special guest speaker, Dr. Andreas Faisst, who will share about the techniques and tricks used to find and study these first primordial galaxies of our universe. It is a journey more than 12 billion years long, following galaxies from their birth to their death, and you are invited.




Dr. Andreas Faisst
Postdoctoral Researcher at Caltech


Andreas Faisst, born in Zurich, Switzerland, is a professional astronomer at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. His research focuses on the study of the formation and evolution of the first galaxies in the early universe. To accomplish this he uses the largest telescopes on Earth (the 10-meter Keck Observatory; the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Telescope (ALMA) and the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile) and in space (the Spitzer Infrared Telescope, the Hubble Space Telescope, and soon the James Webb Space Telescope).


Andreas obtained his Masters degree in Physics (2011) and doctorate in astrophysics (2015) at ETH Zurich. His thesis topic was the “Evolution of Star-Forming and Quiescent Massive Galaxies Through Cosmic Time.” Shortly thereafter, he moved to Pasadena where he is currently a postdoctoral researcher at IPAC at Caltech. In addition to his academic career, Andreas is a semi-professional web-designer, a pianist and a passionate volleyball player, mountain biker and swimmer, as well as a billiards player on national competition level in Switzerland.


Check-in and the Café at the End of the Universe open at 6:00 p.m. The Observatory will be closed to the general public, and the only area/exhibits inside the building open to ticketed guests is in the immediate vicinity of the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater. The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater.



Reservations are required to access event parking and enter Griffith Observatory. In the case of sold-out shows, ticket sales will close. Non-wait list tickets not picked up by 7:40 p.m. will be made available to wait-listed guests. The event wait list may be joined by emailing, including the number of seats requested and a full name for the reservation. Wait list tickets are sold at the door, cash (exact change) only. No refunds are available. All registration closes June 18, 4:00 p.m.

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