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Ordinary Meeting: Talk by Dr Amanda Bauer

Friday 26th June 2015 - 8:00pm
Topic: Crash of the Titans: When Galaxies Collide
Speaker: Dr Amanda Bauer
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping

What will happen to our Milky Way Galaxy when it inevitably crashes into the titanic Andromeda galaxy? A lot of change! No need to worry about this cosmic disaster during our lifetimes, though, as the head-on collision will occur in 4 billion years. Hopefully in that time we can come up with a name for the final galaxy system more interesting than Milkdromeda or Andromilky.


I  am a Research Astronomer and Outreach Officer. 

Research: I explore variations in how galaxies form, how they live their lives, and how they evolve into the diverse array of galaxy species we see today.  I use surveys with thousands or hundreds of thousands of galaxies, like the GAMA Survey ( is external)) and the SAMI Galaxy Survey ( is external)), to investigate what physical processes regulate star formation inside galaxies that live in different cosmic environments.

Outreach and Science Communication: In early 2015 I was named one of Australia's "Top 5 Under 40(link is external)” science researchers and communicators.  I was also a finalist in the national Fresh Science Media competition.  I'm working to develop strategies to capture and communicate the excitement of new astronomical discoveries and innovative engineering feats occurring within the AAO and the astronomical community.  I am a committee member of the Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) Education and Public Outreach Chapter (EPOC(link is external)) and co-chaired the Australian Astronomy Decadal Plan(link is external) Working Group 3.2 on Education, Outreach, and Careers.    

In addition to curating AAO's social media presence on facebook(link is external), twitter @AAOastro(link is external) and YouTube(link is external), you can find me blogging(link is external) and on twitter @astropixie

Event Date: 
Friday, 26 June, 2015 - 20:00
Epping Creative Centre, 26 Stanley Road, Epping NSW

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