Super Star Clusters with Hubble
UVA Professor Robert O’Connell
To join the meeting this coming Wednesday, April 1 at 7 pm,
Globular clusters are the most concentrated and
spectacular star systems in our Galaxy. For decades, it was assumed that
they could form only under the special conditions that were present in
proto-galaxies in the early universe. We now know that was wrong.
One of the earliest breakthroughs made by the Hubble
Space Telescope, thanks to its high resolution imaging, was the discovery of
massive, concentrated — but young — “super star clusters” in nearby
galaxies. Globular cluster formation is continuing today, but it is seen mainly
in violent mergers between galaxies, which re-create the turbulent, high
pressure environment of early galaxy formation.
April 1, 2020
Free for Members and all Guests
Organizer – Larry Saunders