ASKC General Meetings are held at the UMKC Volker Campus in Royall Hall, Room 111, on the fourth Saturday of each month — except September and December, when we hold our members-only picnic and holiday party. Meetings are open to anyone with an interest in astronomy.
- 6:00 pm Astro 101
- 7:00 pm General Meeting
January General Meeting
January 25, 2020
January’s general meeting speaker is Mindy Townsend, a fourth-year graduate student pursuing a PhD in physics. She is doing astronomy research with Greg Rudnick at the University of Kansas studying the evolution of galaxies. She will discuss how galaxies have changed the past 10 billion years.
How galaxies change is an area of active research. Galaxies at high redshift are more compact and irregular, compared to galaxies in the local universe. Not only that, but massive quiescent galaxies in the local universe have been shown to have doubled their mass in the past eight billion years despite not forming stars for most of that time. This implies that these galaxies form through galaxy mergers, but this hypothesis has yet to be tested. The growth of massive galaxies is one of the major outstanding questions in galaxy evolution.
The February General Meeting will be on February 22. Check back for details.