Dr. Jennifer Donovan Meyer
Department of Physics and Astronomy
7:30 pm Room 001 ESS Building
Friday, October 1, 2010

Observing Galaxies Large and Small with the Hubble Space Telescope

Some of the most breathtaking images recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) have been those of large, star-forming, nearby galaxies. While these have lent great insight to the field, some of the most important observations by HST have been of tiny galaxies in our local neighborhood and extremely distant galaxies in the Hubble Deep Field. In this talk, I'll explain the differences between various kinds of galaxies and describe some of the valuable lessons that HST has taught us. And, considering that it's a Hubble talk, you can bet that there will be a bunch of pretty pictures.

Jennifer Donovan Meyer joined the Stony Brook Physics and Astronomy Department a year ago as a Postdoctoral Research Associate after finishing her Ph.D at Columbia University. Her research interests include studies of star formation and gas within and surrounding galaxies.