IS THE MILKY WAY SPECIAL?
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: OCTOBER 5TH
VOLUME 45 ISSUE 8
We are on the verge of finally getting to know our celestial neighborhood. New missions such as Gaia and Fermi are poised to reveal the Milky Ways past, present and perhaps future, and so it seems an excel-lent time to ask whether there's anything really special about our home galaxy. In this talk, Chris Lintott will draw on cutting-edge research and results from his own Galaxy Zoo project to compare the Milky Way to the other galaxies which surround us, and ask whether were living in a special time in its history. For starters, it seems there's something odd about the black hole that lurks in the centre of the Milky Way.
Chris Lintott is Professor of Astrophysics and Citizen Science in the Department of Physics at Oxford University. Lintott is involved in a number of popular science projects aimed at bringing astronomy to a wider audience. He is the primary present-er of the BBC series The Sky at Night, having previously been co-presenter with Sir Patrick Moore until Moore's death in 2012. Lintott co-authored 'Bang! - The Complete History of the Universe' with Patrick Moore and Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May.
Venue: The Royal Society Meeting Room. More details will be in the October news-letter!