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Galaxy Collisions, Starbursts and Giant Black Holes!

Thu, 2 Oct 2014 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Galaxy Collisions, Starbursts and Giant Black Holes

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, 7 p.m., Wilson Hall

Dr. Aaron Evans, Department of Astronomy, University of Virginia 

One of the major discoveries in the 1980s was the discovery of a population of "infrared bright" galaxies. These galaxies, which had not been identified in visible-light surveys of the sky, turned out to be pairs of galaxy in the process of smashing into each other. This talk summarizes the ways in which modern ground- and space-based telescopes have been used to uncover the prodigious star formation and giant black hole activity at the hearts of these infrared galaxies triggered by these collisions.  

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