Clash of the Titans: Andromeda and the Milky Way's future encounter
The Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy are heading toward cosmic confrontation as their mutual gravity guarantees a collision in 4 billion years time. What will happen? What will the new galaxy look like? What new discoveries have we made about the Milky Way and Andromeda? What do we know about the central black holes of the Milky Way and Andromeda? Will they merge? And what of the Milky Way's disk of gas and stars? This talk will also address recent discoveries from the LIGO observatory and future space missions that may be able to detect the merger of supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies.
R. Michael Rich is a Research Astronomer at UCLA and has over 400 refereed publications in astronomy. Rich has a BA from Pomona Collage and Ph.D. in Astronomy from the California Institute of Technology. While on the faculty of Columbia University, he was Neil Tyson's Ph.D. supervisor.
Rich's work is in the student of the bulge of Milky Way, and he was on the science team of the Galaxy Evolution Explorer satellite.
Rich uses the Keck Telescopes on Mauna Kea, the Hubble Space Telescope, and in addition, has a private observatory with a 0.7m telescope, used to study the faint outer halos of nearby galaxies.
"What's Up?" in this month will be presented by Steve Condrey
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