Join us for our February lecture: Understanding the Milky Way with the Gaia Satellite with Dr. Rocio Kiman.
The Gaia space telescope has revolutionized how astronomers study the Milky Way. Gaia’s mission is to create a 3D-map of our Galaxy and it is providing unprecedented positional and radial velocity measurements for about one billion stars in our Galaxy and throughout the Local Group. The possibilities range studying the evolution of the Milky Way, finding exoplanets, and more details on the solar system.
About Dr. Rocio Kiman:
Dr. Kiman is an Astronomy Burke Fellow at the California Institute of Technology. Her undergraduate studies were at the University of Buenos Aires, and she received her PhD at the City University of New York with the Brown Dwarf New York City (BDNYC) group. Her research is centered on low-mass stars, i.e., stars that are smaller than the Sun, studying how these stars evolve and how we can use different properties to estimate their ages.
A FREE PRE-LECTURE TALK
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2024, 7-8:30 PM
GAIA’S HISTORY, CAPABILITIES, TECHNOLOGY
For members and non-members who wish to review how Gaia measures stars using amazingly precise cameras, parallax, photometry, and spectral analysis. Gaia is now the gold standard for stellar data and research. It has determined exact positions, distances, movement, temperature, and spectra for 2 billion stars to date.
This refresher class will provide fuller understanding of Dr. Kiman’s lecture on Feb. 13. Presented by David Kiefer, AAA Board Member, Chair of Classes Committee.
To register (no fee) for this class go to https://aaa.org/event/refresher-class-on-the-amazing-gaia-satellite/.